Audrey Hepburn once said “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” I couldn’t agree with her more. As little girls we all love to dress up, have tea parties, and pretend to act like princesses commanding our kingdoms even if we only have our families as subjects. There’s a reason that even as small children we long for people to notice us because of the way we act, for having class. Haven’t you ever noticed that class is truly the one thing on this planet that can’t be bought, bargained for, or stolen? It’s a one of a kind quality for someone who is truly one of a kind.
To me having an elegant air has 2 main parts:
1.It’s the way you dress. You don’t see elegant girls and women running around in crop tops or Daisy Dukes. They are always stylish while maintaining their modesty. 2 Timothy 2:9 says, “ Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control.” There are plenty of cute clothes out there that are modest and will still help you to look fabulous. Take it from me, someone who is almost 5’9, if I can find shorts that are longer than my underwear and at the same time not Bermudas, then anyone can.
The truth is a lot of the respect we gain in the world today comes from what we wear. People will argue with that statement and say that it’s awful to say that, but think about it. How many times a day do you catch yourself silently judging someone for wearing too short of a shirt that shows a hint too much cleavage? I admit I do it much more often than I should. We are all human and as much as we try, we are all judgmental at some period of time. Don’t give people any more reason to knock you down. Be the girl who when people look at you say “Wow, I guess modesty really isn’t dead.”
2. It’s how you talk. I don’t know about you, but every single person I admire for having class or elegance does not have a potty mouth. You never hear about them gossiping extensively for hours with their friends (guilty!), or tearing other people down with their words for mere pleasure, or shouting swear words at random Canadians who cut them off in the outlets’ parking lot. Many people say that the Bible says nothing about swearing, but they would be wrong. Ephesians 4:29 states, “ Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits for occasion, that it may give grace to hear.”
Sadly, as much as I love gossiping with my friends and even thinking a couple swear words when I’m frustrated about life, it is not grace for anyone ears, much less our Father’s. We need to use our words to lift people up, to encourage people who need it, to love on the unlovable. Being a person who talks much more than the average, I definitely have struggled with being too blunt, for saying things I shouldn’t have behind people’s backs, and not learning when to keep my mouth closed. To me a girl who is nasty or says nasty words is like the deceptive part of beauty that Proverbs 31 talks about. Don’t you want your beauty to stand the test of time? God certainly does.
So why is this important to beauty? Because displaying a quality and confidence of elegance is just another way for the world to notice that we are different. When people notice we are different by acting in these positive ways, it doesn’t just give us good attention; it gives God great attention. In the world today Christians are often given a bad rep as being too hypocritical, unloving, insincere, judgmental, etc. God doesn’t want us as His daughters to be known for these things. He wants people to look at us and admire us like we do Audrey Hepburn. The great C.S. Lewis once said, “ Don’t shine so that others can see you, shine so that through you others can see Him.” We need to be positive advocates for God’s kingdom and that starts with getting class. This is one quality of beauty that if mastered will never fade, and never be forgotten. Leave a legacy that is as unforgettable as the God who created you.