Growing up, I’ve always identified with one particular verse in the Bible and it is among my long list of favorites. Most people never understood me and would simply say I was “quiet” or “different.” While that was true, I was more reserved and observant of the people around me. Although I didn’t have the latest trends or styles, I was content with who I was and what I had. At the time, being “different” didn’t have the positive connotation it has now. At times it was disheartening. However, it did not have too much of an affect on me because I read this verse and I felt it described me and why I was “different.”
1 Peter 3:3, 4 (NWT): And do not let your adornment be that of the external braiding of the hair and of the putting on of gold ornaments or the wearing of outer garments, but let it be the SECRET person of the heart in the incorruptible apparel of the quiet and mild spirit, which is of great value in the eyes of God.
This verse is where the name ‘Secret’ comes from, which you may have seen as my Twitter and PlayStation username, and probably every other username I have. Since then, I’ve always tried to continue to live up to this scripture, and many others of course (including the description of the Proverbial woman at Proverbs 31). Many people have tried to tell me that I should speak up, talk more often, say what’s on my mind etc. etc. etc. Often times when I do say what’s on my mind its not something they want to hear. So I have to remind myself not to worry about what people want me to do and just be myself. James 1:19 says to be slow about speaking and swift about hearing.
What makes ME beautiful, and what makes me, ME, is not what I am wearing, nor is it the way I style my beautiful natural hair. It is my inner spirit. It’s who I am as a person, as a Christian, as a woman, friend, daughter, and sister. What describes you?