I really enjoyed the discussion in the comments on yesterday's post. Thank you.
Since we have opened this can of worms I wanted to continue along the same lines with another conversation I had with a wise Mom (again around the pool). Observing some of the teen girls she remarked, "Remember when you realized how much power you yielded with your body?"
I have always been petite and a late bloomer. I have never been jaw-droppingly beautiful or had a body that stopped people in their tracks-perhaps it was God's protection. :-) Even so, I knew what she meant...kinda.
It got me thinking about what life would look like 15-20 years from now for today's young ladies. The trouble with sexuality being their source of power is that no one stays young, fit and wrinkle/sag free forever. If those attributes are the most powerful part of your being/identity, what happens when life inevitably takes its toll on your 'power'?
I am not belittling outward appearance. I would be lying to say it did not matter to me. I just want to make sure my life sends a message (especially to the younger girls in my life) that there is so much more than chasing skinny, fashion and good hair.
The world can send a message to girls that beauty and sex appeal is enough. That is a lie straight from the Enemy. Only Jesus is enough. Only when our power is found in His love will we find ourselves able to gracefully weather the toll childbearing, gravity, sun and age takes on our earthly bodies.
"Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
I was reading John Rosemond the other day and he kept emphasizing the importance of thinking about the people we hoped our children would be at age 30. As we fight the battles like modest clothing and behavior it seems it would behoove us to remember the long term consequences.
By the way, I realize this is WAAAYYY easier for me to comment on because my children are only six. I pray I am not eating my words in a few years. :-)