Monday, October 5, 2015

Day 5: Real beauty

31 Days of Godly Womanhood

On to Day 5 (click here to see all of the 31 Days posts.)

"...lest they drink and forget what the law decrees,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights."

Man, Lemuel's mom was one smart cookie!

Going back to yesterday's post, we talked about how we need to be careful about what we crave. 

Don't crave for stuff - crave for God.

For Lemuel, the point of this verse is pretty obvious - don't let alcohol (and other physical pleasures) make you forget your kingly duties and keep you from taking care of your people.

For us, I think it's much the same.

As women, we have people around us and under us that we care for.

Husbands, Children. Parents. Employees. Younger women. Students. Friends. Neighbors. Strangers.

We touch so many lives in a single day. So many eyes are watching what we do ... especially when we declare that God is #1 in our lives.

Let's remember to be aware of those watching eyes ... not to stress ourselves out, thinking we have to be perfect. (That never ends well.)

No. We need to be ourselves, allowing God to work through our mistakes and our slip-ups, showing those watching eyes that it's not us, but it's all God. We are just the lumps of clay; He's the potter.

We need to show others that God works in real people -- people with four-day-old hair, people wearing shirts stained with spit-up, people who totally blew that big work presentation, people who pass out on the couch from the sheer exhaustion of caring for an aging parent ...

Real. Life.

When Jesus came, he didn't float around in a state of ethereal glory on puffy white clouds wearing pristine white robes.

No - he was born in a stable, surrounded by farm animals (and all the smell and mess that comes with them). He was a carpenter by trade, with blisters and calluses and splinters. He walked everywhere he went, through muddy streets and grassy fields. He hung out with sinners and fishermen and "blue-collar" types.

He was REAL.

And in his realness, he was beautiful.

We can be real beautiful, too.

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