“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned…” (Titus 2:7-8)
When I was a freshman in high school I remember going through my major awkward phase. As a brace face with very little knowledge of how to apply my makeup, I remember feeling very inadequate and insecure about myself compared to all of the beautiful seniors who seemed to have it all together. Unfortunately most of the girls I began to look up to so much were definitely not the best influences. There was this one senior girl who stood out and appeared differently to me though. This girl was in love with the Lord and was known around the entire high school as the “Jesus freak”. Every time I saw her she made an obvious effort to reach out to me and every time she talked to me I remember feeling so encouraged and special. I strived to be like her when I was a senior. Now that I am older I look back and realize how big of an impact one girl who was living for God reaching out to me had on my life; I also realize that I can have that same influence on others.
How great would it be if we would all “Be Those Girls” who are mindful of the influence that we have on others. Unfortunately, most young girls are looking up to and want to mirror the lifestyles of those who have very little respect for themselves. We need more girls who will go against the gradient and live out who God has called them to be and encourage others to do the same thing along the way.
Throughout the past few months we have talked about being those who overcome fear, have confidence, know their worth, etc. It is when we continue to seek God that we come closer to being the women He has called us to be and that we begin to accomplish each of those things. Our next step… take all of those experiences and use them to encourage those who we are capable of influencing!
We are going to influence people in one way or another, it will take our focus on Christ to be sure that we are influencing them in a way that will lead them closer to God!
There are 4 key ways for us girls to stay grounded in our faith and to be Godly influences to those who are looking up to us.
- Remembering our identity:
JOHN 1:12 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
GENESIS 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
There are hundreds of verses out there that tell us who we are through God. In 2 Corinthians it explains that we are new creations—therefore our past mistakes don’t define us anymore. In Romans it says that we are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ Himself! Everything that God has given to His Son, we have access to.
- Presenting ourselves as worthy:
2 TIMOTHY 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
I think this is something that most girls struggle with: presenting ourselves as ones who are approved! We need to stop walking in all of our insecurities and carry ourselves with our heads held high, knowing that we are daughters of the King. After all, we are approved by God! He has made us beautifully and has a unique plan for each of us… how could we possibly be insecure?
- Staying rooted in God:
JEREMIAH 17:8 “They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.”
We need to stay rooted in God, constantly being filled up by His word and encouragement.
- Reaching out to those that we are capable of influencing:
HEBREWS 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Intentionally reach out to those that are younger than you. Be aware that God can use you to change someone’s life!
My hope is that more women of God will see the importance of reaching out to those who are looking up to them. Whether it is realized or not, there are so many people that you influence each and every day. It is up to you if your influence is going to be encouraging and lead them closer to God (: Be That Girl who is mindful of the influence she has on others.
Find a few girls that are younger than you and make a point to reach out to them. Set apart a time in your day to pray for them, and build a relationship with them.