Clothed with Dignity
We don’t need to look far in our world today to see that what was deemed “acceptable” just a few short years ago is far different in many ways. Recently, sitting in an airport waiting on a flight, I thought how different it was from when I flew as a younger woman. People used to somewhat dress up when flying, but now just about anything goes. I get it to some extent—it is much nicer being able to be dressed comfortably when squeezing into those small seats with many people around. But wearing what one would wear to bed? It seems many have lost their sense of dignity.
“Dignity” is defined as “the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect; self-respect” (Oxford English Dictionary). Dignity can be applied to all areas of our lives: work ethics, our manner of speech, the way we respond to critique and criticism, the way we dress, the treatment of our families and others, and more. We determine and are responsible for our own actions. Michael J. Fox said it well: “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
Most of us are familiar with the “virtuous,” or moral, woman written of in Proverbs 31. Verse 25 explains, “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future” (NLT). When we speak of being “clothed,” we often think of the way one wears their actual clothing. However, one definition of the word “clothe” is to “endow with a particular quality” (Oxford English Dictionary).
As Christians, we use the Bible as our textbook for life. And the Word has directives for each aspect of it. We should strive for quality in everything we do. We are children of the King of kings! How we talk, how we treat others, how we dress, how we work, and how we enjoy recreation—all should be worthy of honor and respect. We can then laugh without fear of the future as did the woman in Proverbs 31 for we will be pleasing to our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Melody Reever, Editor
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