What is the number one argument in your family?
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It started very early, when one of my girls wanted high-heeled boots for Christmas one year … and she was in third grade. I’ll admit it; I caved on the boots and the long dangling earrings too. In middle school, it was eye liner and V-neck shirts.
I dreaded the struggle; I’m guessing you do too. I wanted our relationship to be close and this struggle was a constant wedge in the younger years.
No matter what our age as women, culture tells us, “Dress for you! Don’t let someone else dictate what you wear!” Yet, this same culture shouts ” Dress like the girl every guy wants.” How confusing these messages are, not just for our girls, but for us as well. Even culture admits: what we wear does matter.
With my girls, I have constantly used the argument that as women we have the power to grab a guy’s attention, and it’s a power that is easily abused. But today, I’ve decided I’ve taken the wrong approach all these years.
We’ve made the argument about the wrong guy.
In Exodus 28, God describes in detail how the priest was to dress. God told Moses, “Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron, to give him dignity and honor.” (v.2) He goes on to describe an ornate and colorful garment, studded in precious jewels.
Aaron dressed in these garments because he represented Almighty God. His clothes were a constant reminder to others and to himself of who he was … God’s.
So are we.
We are holy to the Lord. We are his people; his treasured possession.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Our purpose is to declare his praises and that includes the way we dress.
Do I think the way we dress impacts the guys around us? Absolutely. But even more important than that, I want the way I dress to make an even greater statement:
I am His and He is mine.