Today’s guest post is one on modesty by Jane Martin from the Mennonitemom.
The beginning of the year, my husband and I took a trip to Los Angeles. While walking the streets in LA, it came to my mind that I didn’t feel “odd” at all. There were no stares at the “amish” lady as many would call me, although I’m not. So many people of the pop culture and many cross cultural styles, it was amazing. “What do these people represent” is what I wondered. “I wonder what the people think that I represent” I thought, “I hope to symbolize something Holy.”
What shocked me even more were the mini skirts that came only to the crotch. After the trip I remember telling my friend Janet about the mini skirts and shortly after that she sent me a note saying that the same mini skirts were available in her home town but for little girls! “It is indeed TRUE FREEDOM in Christ that our little girls do not have to wear these mini skirts and suffer the consequences” we both agreed. Immodesty has negative effects. Take a look at the life of David and Bathsheba. The story starts with immodesty which brought on lust, which led to adultery and then deceit, drunkenness, and then finally murder!
Recently a fellow Christian taught me a valuable equation for modesty. The 3 L’s: LONG, LOOSE and LAYERED. The equation stuck in my brain like peanut butter to a jelly sandwich. What were to happen if we took the equation to our wardrobe’s?
The dictionary definition of modesty is: An attitude of humility that seeks to please God rather than man or self. It is characterized by restraint and self-control, and dignity in dress, speech, and actions.
The definition of modesty should not vary from person to person. However, there are many ways to apply the principle to our lifestyles, and we need to respect each other in that.
My passion for sewing started on the stool beside my mother while she did custom sewing. Now, today I have my little etsy store where modest dresses are sewn, up-cycled or custom made by my seamstress Susanna. I’m giving you a coupon code for the rest of this month, as well as July, for 10% off anything in my etsy store. The coupon code is “livingintheshoe” and you can enter the code when checking out.
What wardrobe equation do you have?
Jane Martin sells modest clothing at her etsy store Mennonitemom. She is also a consultant for Blessings Unlimited.