Got a little surprised today when I looked up the word vanity. The first definition didn't surprise me.
Vanity - excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities and achievements.
But the second one did, because I would not have been able to state this a definition but on a subconscious level this is believed.
Vanity - lack of real value; hollowness; worthlessness.
Christian women are in the midst of confusion. When is doing something I believe is good for me a vain choice and when is it not?
Or, they struggle when, they do something that is good for them and it produces good results but then deal with vanity about it at the end. Sure complicates decision making about in future choices. If I'm just going to wind up a vain idiot - Why bother?
I start to explore these thoughts the most when someone in the media says: "If you don't take good care of your self then you can't take good care of other people" I wonder, "Why does that statement ring hollow?"
Here's a few things that I think we should consider the next time we're wrestling with this. Why am I motivated to take action on this... whatever this is for you? Are there any vain reasons driving me? If so what are they and why? Is there something the Lord wants me to reconsider about those types of motivations?
On the other hand, are there any truly healthy God honoring reasons for why I'm motivated to take action? If so, how do I look to God for help? Who's going to get the credit if change actually happens in my life?
This is a big deal! Lack of delving into this paralyzes so many.