I often like to make it clear that my faith is very important to me. I believe my identity rests in the fact that I am the daughter of The King, forgiven and saved. My identity can't just be Miss Kansas, it can't be youth leader, it can't be singer. It can't be any earthly thing I accomplish because my eyes are on eternal wealth.
A few days ago I was studying Romans 12:9- 13, "The Marks of the True Christian". The Apostle Paul wrote this part of Romans teaching us that there should be characteristics that set us apart as Christians. We should be living a lifestyle in which non believers can identify our faith through our actions. We are not called to be perfect, it is impossible for us. But we are called to model our lives according to Christ and what is instructed in the bible.
As I began reading this and studying what I am called to be, I quickly realized how similar this description is to what is expected of me as Miss Kansas.
"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil and hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of saints and seek to show hospitality" Roman 12:9-13
There are many expectations set upon me as Miss Kansas but in the larger scope, it all seems simple and quite similar to this passage.
I understand now why God called me to not think about the Miss Kansas crown in May, but instead focusing on loving the Lord. I get it. I understand why there were times God turned me to the bible instead of the gym. Little did I know I was constantly preparing for this job.
How wonderful it is to know that the world is already attracted to what true Christians should look like. The world desires loving, genuine, kind people who serve others before themselves. The world wants to see hope and goodness. I believe our hearts are created to search for these things in other people. That's why Miss America continues to stay relevant. It has nothing to do with the swimsuits or evening gowns. It has nothing to do with talents or well spoken answers....it's about the person. One woman rises to the top and the country watches as kindness, goodness, and a servants heart prevails.
I say true Christian, because I am well aware that there are many that call themselves Christians and do not act with love. To that, I take heart in the fact that God will have the final judgement. It is not for us to judge, we are to continue to love and show these attributes regardless of what our neighbors are doing.
We want to see hope, love, goodness, and kindness win.
Because in the midst of confusion, trials, controversy and hate, the world is still attracted to the marks of a true Christian.