About 20 years ago God began to birth a message deep in my heart. It was a message of purity. At the time, I had no one to mentor me in the scriptures and disciple me in God’s plans for remaining pure. In my thinking at the time, purity meant virginity. In my early twenties, I was just beginning to understand that purity started in my mind and in my heart. It was much more than something physical – it was deeply spiritual. God faithfully revealed to me areas in my heart and mind that needed His redemption. It has been quite a process. I am committed to this pursuit of purity, for myself and for my children.
Raising children in this media driven culture can be a challenge. It is a battle that we must face with prayer and diligence. Being aware of the onslaught of messages we are confronted with in movies, music, ideas and widely held beliefs of secular society provide many opportunities for us to teach our children. This quest for purity is a journey. With every step we take we must seek the opportunity to teach, to listen, to respond in love and in prayer.
We teach our children the value of purity throughout their lifetime. It does not begin with puberty. Rather it begins at the beginning of their little lives. With messages of love, and God’s best. Messages that give them an understanding of the value that God has placed in their lives. That they are worthy and respectable. That they have a hope and a future. That we as their parents are readily available to have the difficult conversations, and to intervene. That we are able to assist them in guarding their hearts as they grow and mature into the men and women God has intended for them to be.
This topic of purity is inexhaustible. It is interwoven into every area of our lives whether we acknowledge it or not. So we press in asking God for wisdom with each day to keep our lives pure, to keep our hearts and mind focused on Him, His goodness, His love. Feeding on the Word. Asking for forgiveness. Recognizing areas in our lives that need restoration. Realizing we can become comfortable and forget the high standards we once had, or those that we wished we had. Trust Him. Let Him reveal His truth, His best in our everyday lives. He is a good God.
“Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure.” Titus 1:15
“…make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in His sight.” 2 Peter 3:14b