Ladies, this week’s inner beauty virtue is dignity.
What is dignity? One definition is “the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.” Having dignity is a way of seeing yourself and others. It’s a way of treating yourself and others. And it’s a way of presenting yourself to others. Oftentimes, we feel that we should just automatically get respect, and in one sense, this is true. But if we don’t follow through by being worthy of that respect, if we’re not dignified in our behavior, then we lose a lot of respect.
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Consider practicing more dignity in the following areas of your life:
- At school. Carry yourself in a manner that is dignified. Behave with self-respect when you’re with your friends and dealing with teachers, and when doing your schoolwork. Don’t yell, gossip or flirt. Don’t dress immodestly or act inappropriately.
- At work. Whatever you do for work, do it with dignity. Nothing is menial or below another task. Labor is labor, regardless. Don’t complain or be embarrassed about taking out trash.
- In your relationship. If you have a boyfriend, behave in a manner that reflects your worth. Imagine! God sees you as valuable, so treat yourself as such. Remain chaste and pure until marriage, and never compromise your purity for anyone.
Christian author Mandy Hale once wrote, “I would rather be alone with dignity than in a relationship that requires me to sacrifice my self respect.” You’re more precious than jewels, so set your standards high. Remember, dignity is not pride. Pride is a sin. Dignity is self-worth. It’s seeing yourself from God’s eyes.
If you’re finding it a struggle to be dignified, then consider the following tips:
- Practice it. Understand how God sees you and take a stand for yourself. Open your eyes to your own behavior and recognize where you sell yourself short.
- Pray for it. Thank God for the amazing you that He created, and ask Him to help you see your value. Ask Him to open your eyes to the ways you may be undignified in your actions, and pray that He show you how to reflect your worth.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Ladies, do you have dignity? Do you know of other ways to strengthen your dignity?
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