Guest Post by Grace M.
Everyday, we’re bombarded with messages that tell us who we should be. The world tells us what it thinks is okay and not okay.
And Christians listen.
In fact, this Christian listens.
It tells women that they’re lazy if they want to be stay-at-home moms, they’re fat if they’re not a size 0, they’re weak if they can’t do everything a man can do, and they’re weird if they don’t have a boyfriend by age 15.
But the listening needs to stop. We need to turn away from what society tells us to be.
The truth is:
1. Women have a God-given desire to nurture. Raising the next generation is the most important job they can have. However, sometimes women place the desire for success over the desire to be a mother or nurturer. Having a career isn’t wrong, but it can be if it’s placed above God.
2. Most women don’t fit into the ideal body image that society sets before them. The struggle to be flawless is constant.
3. Men and women were created differently. Women don’t have to try to be better than men; just like men don’t have to try to be better than women. We are equally valuable to God. He just gave us different roles.
4. When we listen to the voice of society and try to chase after love and romance for happiness, we will only be left disappointed and heartbroken.
I am sick of society telling me who I need to be, and I am sick of trying to live up to the world’s impossible standards. If we try to live up to its standards, we’ll never be good enough.
Even if you drop thirty pounds, you won’t be skinny enough. Even if you get an extreme makeover, you won’t be pretty enough. Even if you make a million dollars next year, you won’t be successful enough.
With the world, you’ll never be enough.
With Jesus, you’re always enough because He is enough.
Honestly, we aren’t enough on our own; but Christ makes us enough because of His perfection. When we trust Him as our Savior, He sees His righteousness in us.
It’s a losing battle to try to conform to this world because someone else will always seem prettier or more successful or more loved.
The world spoon-feeds us lies with a deceiving smile. It promises happiness and leaves us depressed. It promises security and leaves us afraid. It promises that we’ll measure up…and yet we never do.
“…do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” James 4:4
You may find this harsh, but there is a sense of freedom that comes when we say “no” to the world’s ways like we are called to do.
Many Christians (including myself) want to be just like everyone else, but that only leaves us with an empty feeling inside.
Only living like Christ will fulfill us because that is our calling.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” Romans 12:2
We can run with society and hope to catch up with its quick pace, but we never will.
Because Christ won the ultimate victory over sin and death, we are already champions.
Meet The Author:
Grace M. is a writer, piano-player, and sunset-lover. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, playing volleyball, and eating sour gummy worms. She blogs at https://tizziestidbits.wordpress.com.