“I desire…that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel,
with modesty and self-control”
1 Timothy 2:8, 9
It’s funny the things that stick in your mind sometimes, isn’t it? A few years back, I was in a class at church when I witnessed an unfortunate incident I have yet to forget.
Everything was proceeding normally that Sunday morning until a woman came to the front of the room to make an announcement. The moment she faced the group and began speaking, all I could think was, “Oh, my word, somebody cover that cleavage!”
Her dress was surprisingly low-cut in the front, and I groaned inside as I thought of all the men sitting in the room. If I, as a woman, was distracted by the revealing nature of this lady’s clothing, how much worse off must the men be? Poor guys, they just can’t get a break anywhere.
Now, the interesting thing about this story was that the woman had a piece of paper with her which included details about her announcement, and as she continued talking, she slowly raised the paper up and held it to her chest in a slightly awkward-looking manner until she returned to her seat. Based on her unnatural pose, it appeared as though she had realized about an hour too late that her clothing simply wasn’t appropriate for the setting. I know this sweet lady didn’t enter her closet that morning with the purpose of dressing as a stumblingblock for her brothers in Christ, yet without intentionally pursuing modesty, that’s just what happened.
In the arena of modesty, the old adage proves true–a failure to plan is a plan to fail. But the good news is, with a little practice, planning to dress modestly quickly becomes a way of life. In this interview for MomLife Today, Dannah Gresh shares a few thoughts and tips to encourage us to keep our secrets covered…
Need more guidance on modesty? Check out the Modesty Heart Check written by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters. This handout serves as a useful resource for moms and daughters alike.
Find more from Dannah at Pure Freedom.
Related Post: Boys, Brains, & Bare Bellies
Photo: Scott Liddell