I can’t believe we’re having a baby girl in June. Our house is going to have dolls, tutus, and Barbie’s! I know what you’re thinking, just get a shotgun now. Prepare for the inevitable day she grows up and starts dating. The thought of her dating does scare me, but I have an even greater fear. From day one she’s going to be inundated with images, words, and entire advertising campaigns that confirm her fears: she’ll only be happy, if she’s socially popular and has unrealistic bodily proportions and beauty.
I know humanity has grown and we’re supposed to be past the days when a woman needs to meet societal opinions on what it means to be a successful woman, but have we really changed that much? In some ways, haven’t we just enhanced the pressures and practices of women to the point of overwhelming you all? You have to work, take care of the kids, care for the duties of the home, be tougher than men, but still look like Barbie and be as innocent as Laura Ingalls (yeah that’s a Little House on the Prairie reference!). That woman doesn’t exist! [Of course this has caused some men to be 40-year old boys that still play video games and have their moms do their laundry, but that's an issue for another day....A trend the men of Mercy Road are breaking!]
This Sunday (Mother’s Day), I’ll be sharing 10 Biblical Commitments of a Godly Woman in a message entitled, “I Wanna Be Like Barbie!”
Christ wants to free us of worldly pressure and empower us to be people on mission for him. I want my daughter to grow up knowing success doesn’t come from social status or physical prowess, but from utilizing her time on Earth for God’s purposes. Don’t be overwhelmed: live boldly and love deeply this Mother’s Day!