I am a Christian.
Let me say that again, “I am a Christian.” Being almost 21 years old and saying that out loud will really get you some funny looks in this day and age. I don’t drink, I’ve never tried drugs, I don’t “party,” and I’m good with that. I stay true to who I am called to be. 1 Timothy 4:12 states, “Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.” I am setting my example for others, while doing so, I hope that I am planting seeds in their hearts by my actions in standing up and out in my faith.
Being a Christian has been difficult in this crazy world. But these difficult times have made me realize that the struggles only make you stronger and that your faith will be with you throughout all of these trials. But knowing how I am supposed to act and portray myself, I have had to choose friends wisely. Two of my very best friends are Christians and they share the same values I do. It’s easier to be friends with someone when you have such things in common. They never question why we don’t go to the beach early on a Sunday morning. Yes, we attend different churches of different denominations, but we all knew that we could find each other at church early Sunday morning. If we wanted to do something on Sunday it would always be after church, like lunch with each other or going to the mall. We respect each other in ways so many young women today do not. It’s also easy to shop with girls who share you taste in modest clothing. Conversations are better when you are not censuring yourself so you are not saying something that offends the other. They also have never questioned why I have my Bible in my car and beside my bed.
I am just a Christian girl trying to make it through this crazy world.
I attend a faith-based college. Judson College to be exact. A college that encourages and helps me grow in my faith and I’m surrounded by girls who love me and who believe the same thing I do. Yes, it is a women’s college. No, that doesn’t bother me. Most days you don’t even notice because college is suppose to be focused on your studies. Judson was my first and really my only choice and I truly believe God made it possible for me to attend Judson. I never doubted He would open this door for me. I never doubted my family would help me walk through it. I just believed.
Finding what I consider suitable clothes is sometimes a challenge. Modest doesn’t mean unattractive. I see no reason to show my butt cheeks or my cleavage. There are suitable stores that meet my love for fashion and feed my clothes habit, like Loft and Dillard’s. Who doesn’t love a great dress and a pair of shoes!
Being a Christian doesn’t mean I am a pushover. It helps me see conflicts in a way some young people don’t. It means seeing the value in myself and standing up for what I believe.
I am a Christian and I am a young, modern woman making my way through life following my convictions and faith. Both define me. Two sides to the same coin.
God bless you
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