Am I Too Vain?

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I’m a girly girl, I love to dress up and try new hairstyles and look at the latest beauty trends. I am, for the first time enjoying my wardrobe. I’ve accumulated more clothing pieces here than in past years. And I’m proud to say most of which came from thrift shops and free clothing places.

I have so many accessories to choose from and I’m slowly building a hat collection! I’m not saying this to brag because believe me I’m not. I’ve struggled with my self image all my life and even when I worked corporate jobs and had to dress in suits, I was never quite comfortable in my own skin.

Until now.

Know what has changed? I think a few things. Age for one. When you’re younger, dare I say it?, we’re kind of silly girls…I know I was. I wanted attention, I wanted to be popular, I wanted to be noticed by guys. I’d spend hours in the mirror on my make-up and wouldn’t dare go to the mailbox if I didn’t have my face on. But, as I got older, all that was vanity. I didn’t get lasting joy or peace. It was only when Jesus entered my life that I began to feel differently which the second thing that changed me. And He’s still changing me. I don’t think He wants us to not care how we look on the outside, He just doesn’t want anything to take His place.

We women have to be careful about this because it’s really easy to get caught up in how we should dress or style our hair. Some spend thousands of dollars to try to prolong the aging process. To what end? We’re all going to grow old eventually. I believe the word is “moderation”. Moderation in our style, what we eat, as well as how we dress. After all, if you need a lawyer, you want the best person you can have to represent you right? Jesus wants the best out of us to represent Him.  

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.