Dear Younger Me,
Learn to love modesty. You see all the girls around you who are confident in their bodies or who are not afraid to show themselves off, and it’s easy to think (or even want) that you should look or dress that way, too. You will begin to believe that they are the ones who will be sought after and you’ll never be wanted. While you may follow the way of modesty because it is the right thing to do, there’s more to love about living modestly. The man who will hold your heart someday will have all of you. And he will love you for more than just your body. And, in living modestly, you protect your heart and mind, and you save yourself.
In 1 Peter 3, it says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” And, in 1 Timothy 2, it says, I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” What you are reminded of here is that God loves your heart. A woman of God gains favor in how she lives before God, not in what she wears. In God’s eyes, modesty doesn’t cover up beauty; modesty protects outer beauty, that the inner beauty may shine through even brighter. What a beautiful way for you to live.