Hi Hope Ames!
At their best, families are honest with one another (in loving ways, of course), and that's a really good thing.
Allow me to explain...
I've gone through some phases in my life that weren't awesome. For example, when I was in middle school, I discovered hair gel. It was never a dab of gel for me. I'd use half a bottle to make my hair so spiky that protective eyewear was a necessity for anyone trying to hug me. I thought it looked good, but my brother was honest (and gracious) enough to tell me that it looked ridiculous. Thanks, Jon.
While attending a NASCAR race as a kid, I noticed that most of the drivers spoke with Southern accents. I thought they sounded cool, so I picked it up and brought it back to Iowa with me. I still think Southern accents are cool, but when you're from suburban central Iowa, it's simply not natural. It was obvious to me when no matter what I said to my sister, she laughed hysterically. Embarrassed, I went back to my regular voice. Thanks, Kris.
I needed some loving guidance to remind me who I am and that who I am is good enough.
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2).
You weren't made to be somebody else. You weren't made to follow the trends of the world. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we remind one another:
you were made for more.
Come out to Hope Ames this Sunday morning at 10:00 in the Ames City Auditorium, where we'll kick off a brand new series called "
You Were Made for More
." We're diving deep into
- a powerful chapter of the Bible that reminds us who we were made to be. See you there!