Being a homeschooling/stay-at-home mom I find it hard to get the motivation to get out of my pajamas. It’s so easy to teach, clean, cook, lounge in my old t-shirt and yoga pants day in and day out. I have a feeling I’m not the only one who does this. However, I expect my kids to be dressed prior to school starting–do as I say, not as I do! Uh-oh!!! I have been convicted and am now ready to make a change, literally!
Due to the lack of motivation, I needed to find something to motivate me. While teaching the kids about ancient Egypt, we learned about how the Egyptians would care for their temples. These temples were built to contain statues of their gods. The Egyptians were doing everything in their power to please their gods. A priest would live in the temple to clean it and care for it…it was the priest’s life to keep it looking good! We are told in the Bible that we are the temple. Our bodies are the temple. The Lord is living inside of MY body. It says so in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 and 2 Corinthians 6:16. If the ancient Egyptians could be so detailed, careful, dedicated, faithful to keeping their temples (to false gods) clean, healthy, meticulous, then why don’t I keep the temple of the one true living God even better? Hmmm…..think about that!
Not only am I a temple. I’m also a parent who wants what’s best for my family. I want my children to be successful in life. I want my kids to be able to mimic me. I need to be an excellent example for them. If I’m dressed like a poor slob who doesn’t show self respect, then why would my kids do differently? That will affect their future as well. What kind of people will be drawn to a person who doesn’t even respect their own body? That would be setting my kids up for failure. Now if that doesn’t motivate me…
Lastly, I’ve done a very small experiment. We moved into a new community a few months ago. I was tired, nervous, and just stressed. I wouldn’t put on makeup before going out. I wore “house” clothes at home and out of home. I just threw my hair into a messy bun, and not the messy bun that looks nice! I didn’t look like a hot mess–just a mess! People would walk past, ignoring me and putting a feeling of loneliness inside. I didn’t have any respect! As things started to get into a routine at home I found more time to put into me and my appearance. I got my hair trimmed, pulled out the make-up bag, and put on some nicer clothes (jeans and a nice shirt). I noticed men and woman started to notice me as a person! The door was held open, greetings were spoken, and smiles were given. Yes! I had found respect! When people see that you respect yourself they will also respect you.
So, if you are a child of the one true living God, please dress like you are! You are the temple. You are of royalty….dress like it!
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