A couple of weekends ago, I spoke at a ladies’ day on the topic of spiritual beauty. As I prepared for this topic, I consulted Sheila Butt’s book, Seeking Spiritual Beauty.
In chapter 4, Sheila writes,
We need to make sure that young ladies in the church are taught and demonstrated the right priorities. We need to let them know that they are made in the image of God and that they are very special. We need to praise them for visiting the nursing homes and taking care of a young mother’s children for her. We need to praise them for their modesty and their love and concern for others. And most of all, we need to be modeling spiritual beauty for them.
I remember thinking that most people would say they agree with this statement, but so many people don’t live their lives in agreement.
For instance, how many parents will spend vast amounts of time making sure their children excel at sports but don’t have time to make sure their children could say the books of the Bible? How many parents arrange schedules to accommodate all the activities their children are involved in, but draw the line at the church event that they “don’t have time for”?
You see, our lives are a living picture of what we think is valuable. If we believe something is valuable we prioritize it. When we allow the spiritual things in life to be crowded out by worldly, physical things, we are making the statement that spiritual things are not as important. Our kids will hear that statement loud and clear.
When we praise them for visiting nursing homes as much as we praise them for scoring the winning basket, when we praise them for understanding the book of Galatians as much as we praise them for understanding math, when we praise them for being kind and considerate as much as we praise them for having beautiful clothes, they’ll believe us when we say that “Spiritual things are more important.”
AUTHOR: Leah Faughn