We all remember Miss Piggy, right? She was that famous pig from the Muppets who was an interesting character, to say the least. She loved the limelight, to be on center stage, and was quite obsessed with a certain green frog…
Miss Piggy had sass, and spelled diva with a capital “D”.
Unfortunately today, many Christian women are suffering from “Miss Piggy Syndrome”.
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. (Proverbs 11:22)
Discretion is defined as “the quality of being careful about what you do and say so that people will not be embarrassed or offended; the quality of being discreet” (source). It is described in the Hebrew language as behavior, understanding and judgment (source). So according to these definitions, someone with decent discretion exudes godly wisdom and good common sense.
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A woman who lacks discretion is a woman of folly.
A beautiful woman on the outside who lacks wisdom and discretion is no better looking than a filthy pig with a gold ring in her snout.
I don’t know about you, but this verse makes me sit back and reflect on the kind of beauty I choose to reveal in my life.
If we are not careful, we can get sucked into the world’s way of living, which is all about self-promotion and self-centeredness–and sabotage the inner beauty God meant for us to display.
So how do we as Christian women sometimes suffer from “Miss Piggy Syndrome”?
1. In our attitudes.
A “Miss Piggy” has an attitude that is brash, rude and disrespectful. “She is loud and defiant…” (Proverbs 7:11a). Instead of getting easily upset when things don’t go our way, we are to have the same attitude as Jesus, who humbled himself for the sake of others (Philippians 2:5-11).
2. In our actions.
A “Miss Piggy” also lacks discretion in her actions. She does not think before she speaks. She is a “busy body”, and her feet never stay at home (Proverbs 7:11b). On the contrary, a woman of wisdom keeps her “feet from evil” by walking according to God’s Word (Proverbs 4:27).
3. In our attire.
A “Miss Piggy” dresses in a way that draws the wrong kind of attention to her body. She does not show wisdom and discretion in the way that she dresses. Attire is much more than slipping on an outfit. The clothing we wear is a reflection of the spiritual clothing we have through Christ–garments of strength, beauty and splendor.
“I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God” (1 Timothy 2:9-10).
So how are you adorning yourself? There is nothing wrong with accentuating your beauty with fashionable clothing and jewelry. But fashionable faith is the spiritual outfit that matters most. The world tells us that a woman of wisdom is a boring, lifeless prude who has no fun in life. The world hails the “Miss Piggy’s” of popular culture as role models for our society.
But Miss Piggy got it wrong.
A woman of wisdom is a vivacious, attractive, beautiful woman filled with abundant life. She does not need the stamp of approval of this world to know that she is worth more than a thousand jewels. A woman of wisdom not only dresses in appropriate attire, but has clothed herself with attitudes and actions that reflect the brilliant God she serves.
And you, dear sister, are that woman.
So put on your garments of splendor, and reflect the beauty, radiance, and grace of God to a world that desperately needs the truth.
As you put on your jewelry today, think of these life-giving scriptures that reveal your true beauty:
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 3:3)
…do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. (Proverbs 3:21-22)
A woman who loves, honors and serves the Lord is a gorgeous woman of wisdom.
Wear his wisdom as you would a precious garland.
Guard it as you would a golden locket.
Put on God’s strength and wisdom today–and walk in the beauty you have through his infinite grace, love and power!