The temperature of summer makes it easier to wear items of clothing that are cooler. The deeper my relationship grows with the Lord and the more my husband shares with me, the more I desire to dress modestly. Men already struggle in this area, why would I want to add to their battle? Why would I want a man, whose heart belongs to another, to look at my body? My body is not my own, it is my husband's as well. I want to protect it for his eyes alone.
Our children are watching everything that we do, including how we dress. Do we really want men of all ages drooling over our daughter's body and sinning with her in their minds? I sure don't. I pray that they will choose to dress in a manner that will help their fellow brothers in Christ and bring glory to the Lord.
When we dress we should ask ourselves questions like: Is everything covered? Am I showing too much of my skin? Is it too short or too tight? Who am I trying to please by dressing this way? Will this turn heads? Is this honoring to my husband and the Lord?
"If I am taking part in something that would cause another believer to stumble, it would be better for me to have a giant rock tied around my neck and be drowned. (reference to Matthew 18:4-7)
Are we so worried about wearing what's 'in style' that we would wear items of clothing that would cause another man or young man to stumble?
"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30
I was reading this today and was reminded of this very issue. While today my young boys are enjoying the sand and water at the ocean's edge, tomorrow there will be a battle raging inside them. A battle to keep their eyes and minds pure from the filth that surrounds them. Please fellow mother, teach your children as well, the importance of modesty for the sake of the next generation.