Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Guest Blogger! "The Church Girl Stereotype"

Hello Girls!

I am SO excited to introduce to you our first guest blogger on Girls for HIS Glory! Lainey Goodwill, a 7th grader in our Girls Ministry took the initiative to write a devotional and I just loved it! Her heart is to be a teen that is reaching teens and I think she did an excellent job of bringing encouragement for you! Please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section! I hope to have Lainey post again soon…and I think you will too!!

The Church Girl Stereotype: WORLD vs. WORD

“The Church Girl”. Who is she? Well, I’m going to give two view points: 1)Who the world says she is, and 2)who God says she is. In the end it’s really all about whose opinion matters most to you (World’s or God’s) as well as asking ourselves, What’s more important to me?

THE WORLD SAYS:

church-girl (church-gIrl) def. A girl who is stereotyped as someone who is socially awkward because of her religious background, which often alters the way she dresses, dates/courts, behaves and thinks. It is common that this person is unpopular and disliked because of this stereotype. It is assumed that she will make the person she is talking too feel uncomfortable or guilty.

THE WORD SAYS:

Being “the church girl” is something to be proud of! When people see you, they see that you are God’s child! In Philippians 2:14-16, Paul says

“Do all things without complaining and disputing that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights of the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”

See? As Christians, it’s our job to be the light of the world, and to show people what you believe. Do not be ashamed of it! To put things into perspective, think about this: Do you really think being the only one not going to that party is really going to matter a year from now? How about 3 years? What about eternity? We all know that at some point we will sin. We might download a certain song we know we shouldn’t be listening to, we might go to see a movie we know we shouldn’t see, and we might say things we wish we hadn’t said. But, we will regret doing these things in the long run. We’re supposed to be honoring God here, right? Whatever happened to being the light of the world? Is that job only left for Sundays?

Absolutely not. We need to be lights of the world on the days we feel like giving up. We need to be lights of the world when everyone else is turning away. That’s when it counts. Being a child of God is not a part time job. When 5 o’clock comes around, we can’t take off our little “church girl” badge, throw in the towel, and promptly go against everything we believe. That would mean that all of our work meant nothing.

So, let’s not waste our lives doing things we know won’t matter in the end. We really don’t have much time. James 4:14 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” The time I spend here on earth is precious and I am going to spend it being a church girl.

Will you join me?

By: Lainey Goodwill, 7th grade, First Baptist Student Ministries

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8 comments:

  1. Great blog from a great gal! I love you Lainey!
    Janelle

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  2. What a wonderfully refreshing view of what it is to be a Christian. I love that you are not afraid to be that "church Girl" Keep being that light for all the world to see:)

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  3. Bethany (Luzader) McCoyMay 12, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    I absolutely love that!! Lainey you are growing up to be such a beautiful young woman of GOD! Stay strong and keep on encouraging people! I'm so proud of you!

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  4. Chauncey WhitlockMay 13, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Wow Lainey, that was so inspirational. You are so right about it too. I am so proud of you and I can't wait to see you!!

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  5. Lainey, that was amazing!!!!! I can't wait until we're older and I get to read all the devotions that you publish! Great job girl!!!
    Ashley Heald

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  6. Lainey, "Awesome!" as my Cuz would say. I look forward to reading more from you and hearing your perspectives. The world we live in every day needs more shining lights and role models like yourself.
    Jerry B

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  7. Sweet Lainey,
    My heart is about to explode from happiness and pride...this is a remarkable piece! I am so proud of you for having the courage and perseverance to put the thoughts God gave you on paper. I know it must have been challenging!

    Most of all, I am proud that you are a young lady that desires to "walk what you talk". You rock "Church Girl"!!!

    Love you lots,
    Mrs. Suzanne G. :)

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  8. Lainey,
    This is an awesome look at how God would have for us to live our lives. It is so awesome that you are willing to step out and challenge yourself and the girls around you to live the life of a "church girl" regardless of what the world around us thinks. It is really encouraging to me, keep working hard. Way to go :)

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