What Are Your Goals?

Until you have given up yourself to Him, you will not have a real self. Sameness is to be found most among the most ‘natural’ men, not among those who surrender to Christ. How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquered have been: how gloriously different are the saints. {C. S. Lewis}

Have you ever wanted to be ‘Pinterest-worthy’? Have you ever found yourself practicing your eyeshadow over and over? Wanting to find those cute shoes off of Instagram? A familiar girl (a ‘better’ version of yourself) lives in your mind, pushing you to be better, but in the wrong direction. It’s a sad thing when we want to achieve perfection by the world’s standards.

Darling, don’t be that girl. Don’t conform to that cliché.

Instead, take the alternative route. Be a girl that, instead of living for herself, lives for her God. 

It takes courage to change your lifestyle. To stand out. To proclaim Him as your Savior without embarrassment. To be unpopular. Others will crowd you and try to quench your shine. They’ll roll their eyes, bully you, and make fun of you. They will always pressure you, mock you, ridicule you.

Just as they did Jesus. Just as they always will.

And how did Jesus respond? He responded in kindness. To live like Jesus is to know that even your enemy needs love. Even that mean girl at school. Everyone needs to be shown kindness, because we don’t know what battles they’re fighting. Girls, our goal should be the character of Jesus. We should aim to be loving, a light in a fallen world, a city on a hill, for we are His chosen ones. The gift of life and the praise to come from the Father truly outshines any worldly praise we could receive.

I’m not shaming girls who are into the fashions and the braided buns. Absolutely not. There’s nothing wrong with having a Pinterest board filled with outfit ideas, makeup, and DIY’s you want to try out. But don’t let those ideas consume you. I’m saying that we should be beautifying our character; not just our wardrobe. In this world, let’s change our hearts; not just our haircuts.

It is not fancy hair, fine clothes, or gold jewelry that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from inside of you — the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. That beauty will never disappear, and it is worth very much to God. {1 Peter 3:3-4}

Darling, you are His child. His beloved.

Let it show.

Much love to you all,

Jessi

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