One Good Reason
Lisa Whittle, She Seeks Coordinator

"Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It's the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts." James 3:13 (MSG)

It all started with a girl named Debbie.

Debbie was about 18 when she attended my family's local Baptist church. I was 8 and entering an awkward stage. She was brunette and beautiful. All the boys wanted to date her, and all the girls wanted to be her. I just wanted her hair.

Debbie successfully got her hair to form glorious, sweeping cowlicks in the front, with perfection matched only by 70's singers on album covers. I admired it from afar, coveting its style. I bugged my mom so bad about wanting it, she finally decided to pick up the phone and ask Debbie how she did it. Seems a little Aqua Net and the blast of a hairdryer did the trick. At least for Debbie.

You may be interested to know that I never did achieve the style of my hair-icon Debbie. Apparently Debbie did not have fine hair such as mine. But boy did she give me a good reason to spray, tease and blow-dry my little heart out trying. She wore her hair so beautifully that I believed I would look just as beautiful if I had her style.

This silly childhood example reminds me of the very real influence we have on each other. Even as adults we see another woman's fashion style and we try to copy it. We watch another woman's success, and we try to match it. We want what others have…try to be what others are…and believe that we will be more and live better if we can only become like someone else.

The truth is, even though I want to be a trendsetter, an individualist, a unique woman with a mind of my own, I have to admit I am just as impressionable as the next person. Let's face it, no matter our age, we influence and are influenced by each other.

As ironic as this may sound, the thought of how impressionable we are gives me great hope as to how we can help other women find Jesus. I Corinthians 11:1 talks about the type of influence we can have on one another – a way of living that comes from within and attracts those around us to want what we have. "Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ," speaks directly to this type of Godly influence.

It's about wearing Christ with the authentic beauty of a heart that's been changed, giving other women a reason to want what we have. To look like we look. To live like we live. To be what we are. Make no mistake, our hurting girlfriends are looking for one good reason to change their lives. The reality is that our lives may be the only reason they find to seek out something different than what they have known. It's a beautiful, important responsibility.

May we always remember that our mission in life is not one of perfect hair or worldly achievement, but of living and breathing the message of Jesus Christ by our words, our actions, and most importantly, our life. May we embrace the privilege of imitating Christ, so that our girlfriends and others we have influence over will see something in us that they want desperately to have. May we wear Him well so His beauty is fully and completely represented.

For the influence we have through Him will last much longer than a fashion fad…a social trend…or even, a coveted hairstyle like Debbie's.

Let's have what they want, and show them how to get it.

Jesus, You are the reason to love, to live and to breathe. You alone make the journey possible. May we remember that we represent You always, and help us understand how to do that in such a way that it will lead others to a saving relationship with You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Visit our new She Seeks site, P31’s exciting new ministry for women 18-29!

Behind Those Eyes: What’s Really Going on Inside the Souls of Women by Lisa Whittle

Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor by Donna Otto

Becoming a Woman of Influence Message on CD by Marybeth Whalen

Application Steps:
Remember - why your life with Jesus is better than your life was without Him.

Pray - for a passion to represent Christ and draw others to Him.

Live - authentically, genuinely, and purposefully.

How often do you think about how you represent Christ in daily living?

Do you care enough about the hurts and needs of others to offer them a solution through a relationship with Jesus Christ?

Is something hindering your ability to be the influence for Christ you want and need to be? If so, why and how can you change that?

Power Verse:
Matthew 5:16, "In the same way, let your good deed shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." (NLT)

© 2009 by Lisa Whittle. All rights reserved.

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Blogger GirlNumber5 said...

Just wanted to pop in and say that I really loved todays Daily Devotion. Let us always remember our mission in life....

God Bless

Trish in CT

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I teach at the High School in our town. I love todays devotional because I talk with so many young ladies and young men daily. I can weave this into my time with them.
Who said that Christ dont belong in school? Ha, they know me better than that!
Have a great week,
Deb <><
South Carolina

Blogger Connie said...


I so identify with the hair thing! I grew up in the days "Farrah hair." You and I must have helped keep Aqua Net in business.
I hope that as an adult I try just as hard to look like Jesus to those around me. Thanks for this encouragement today!
Many blessings!

Anonymous Larae Weaver said...

I get so encouraged every time I read the devotionals and the comments on here. As Christian women we have such a responsibility to share the love of Christ wherever we go, and let others see how their lives could be if only they would completely give their life to Him. What an amazing, wonderful, awesome God we serve. I am so excited and happy that I get to be an ambassador of the King. Love ya ladies so much.If you ever need anything please email me at

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday, I met two young ladies in our church. The first one was a doctor and stylish that I envied her natural "unique" pearl earrings and I have never seen one before. I wanted to know where she got them from so I asked for her number and gave her a call that evening. After talking to her for a few minutes I felt awkward about her status in life.
I wasn't too impressed the way the second lady looks like from the outside. I also spoke to her that evening and I felt a genuine love for God in her heart.

I love pearls so much and I learned that valuable and expensive ones do not look perfect and smooth on the outside like the natural pearls.

Thanks for the devo today!

Anonymous Peggy K said...

Just need to say your devo is so real... how we live everyday counts to Jesus. We never know who is watching us and how God will bring others to Him , by how we act and speak in our lives.

Blessings to you,
Peggy from Canada

Anonymous Jody said...

The Lord has really been speaking this to me and my husband lately. Thank-you!

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