Here is a little fact about me: I LOVE Taylor Swift. She is one of the best role models for teen girls I can think of. This Sunday she is being profiled on 60 Minutes, here is the sneak preview. (Please follow the link to the video… I tried for 2 hours to get it to load on the page, and obviously I was unsuccessful… I apologize for my technological ignorance.)
I think Taylor’s words deserve to be repeated… “I think it is my responsibility to know it and be conscious of it. It would be really easy to say I am twenty-one now, I do what I want you raise your kids. But that’s not the truth of it. The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation, so make your words count.” Taylor is taking responsibility for what so many of us do not. Granted most of us do not have, over a million people watching our every move, but we never know who could be looking up to us. When I left home for college, my sister’s best friend sent me a letter, thanking me for being someone she could look up too, she said “but really I have always looked up to you so you can check ‘changed someone’s life for the better’ off your bucket list because you have completely changed mine.” I was not aware that she had been looking up too me, but looking back I am now grateful for the decisions I made.
As Christian women, we need to be conscious of our actions for two reasons. First, we need to set a good example for those young girls, or even our friends, who could be looking to us for guidance. Those precious little girls who look at you like you carry all of their dreams; they deserve to see you at your best. Second, we need to be the light of the world. We need to walk the walk not just talk the talk. We are role models for those around us, whether we wish to be or not. We need to take this responsibility to heart and show the world our truth. Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Let your true light shine to those around you. Be conscious of your actions, for you never know who is watching. You never know whose life you could be changing.