‘Classy’ is a word rarely used anymore. When was the last time you heard someone say it? Better yet, when was the last time you heard someone say it and mean it? Class is a dying attribute in women. We live in a world where we are encouraged to be fit, strong, independant, to seek pleasure, and that our body should be celebrated by showing it off or by using it to manipulate others to get what we want. Some tell us to play it dumb and ride the coat tails of the richest man we can catch. Others tell us we don’t need men and that we can solve all our problems by relying on ourselves and our own abilities. With all these messages flying around, we’ve lost touch with the true meaning of beauty and what really makes a woman classy. Thankfully, God provided a manual:
A classy woman is a woman whose self-worth is not defined by the world but her Creator. She knows that “charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting” and that striving after secular beauty will not bring her happiness or joy (Provers 31:30). A classy woman “laughs at the days to come”, knowing that her path is paved with a purpose (Proverbs 31:25). She clothes herself in modesty, knowing her body is a temple and deserves respect (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). She knows that her body is beautiful, a work of art. She knows it can have the power to manipulate and so she is careful not to use it in shameful ways. A classy woman acknowledges her own faults and is forgiving of other’s. She is authentic. She is herself. She may not be poise, she may not be graceful, but she shows grace in how she treats the people around her. A classy woman shows God’s love through her words and her actions. She speaks her mind and is assertive but is loving in her boldness (Proverbs 31:26). A classy woman is independent of others but dependant on the Lord (Isaiah 26:4). She knows full well that stiving for perfection is futile, that she will never become all these things. However, she is crowned with the confidence that God loves her despite her failures and her flaws.
That is a classy woman.
Do you know any? I think there are more classy women out there than we think. So let’s bring back the word “classy” and perpetutate the kind of woman we want to be, friend we want to have, and daughter we want to raise.