Monthly Archives: November 2011

Let Your Light Shine

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.


Compliments Day!

Wednesday, at Chapman University, was compliments day.  There was a booth set up in the Piazza, and when you walked by they would compliment you.  At first I thought this was a fantastic idea, but as time went on I realized that the only compliments given were superficial.  I realized that there is a difference between someone telling you that your dress is adorable, and someone noticing that you are kind and considerate.  The more I thought about it the clearer it became for me.  In this society we focus on outward qualities, not the characteristics that make us who we are.   I believe that it is important for us to focus on actions and characteristics.  Here is an example of a way to use our actions to complement one another, one morning when I walked into Jamba Juice to order my breakfast the man currently ordering turned around and asked me what I would like.  This man bought my breakfast for me.  This led to a great conversation, and it was so much more meaningful than when the girl at the booth yelled that she liked my dress.

In Mark 12:30-31 Jesus relates to us God’s greatest commandments.  “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.”  An easy way to follow these commandments is to encourage others, but I am encouraging you to do this in a way that does not assert many women’s belief that beauty is all consuming.  For me the easiest way to do this is to lend a helping hand.  When someone drops something pick it up for them, or buy someone breakfast or coffee.  These are great ways to get to know people to, for everyone is your neighbor.  Walk around with a smile on your face and do God’s work in a way that can encourage the belief in the self! Compliment your friends on things that matter, point out acts of kindness.  Show your support, and wear your love on your sleeve where everyone can see it.