A Beautiful Thing: The editor’s thoughts

Truth be told, I was one of those teens who thought of purity only in the context of not having sex before marriage.

And because I had defined purity so narrowly, I allowed impurity into my life without even really realizing it. I’m a romantic at heart and fed my romanticism with a steady diet of romantic movies and books, that while not inherently bad or trashy, led me to dwell on romance and romantic things way more than I should have. I’ve allowed images and subject matter from movies and TV shows—violence, frightening things, language—that I regret and find hard to forget.

I know now that purity isn’t just what you do or don’t do, and it’s so much more than just not having sex before marriage. It’s a lifestyle, a state of mind. It’s what you think about and dwell upon, what motivates and drives you. Even pursuing sexual purity is more than just not doing something. You can abstain from sex before marriage, but if you spend every moment until that time dwelling on sex and feeding that desire with romantic movies or even pornography, that’s not purity.

That’s why this issue of ec is so important to me. I want you to understand that purity isn’t a checklist; it’s a mind-set. It’s about living a life that’s pure from the inside out, which is why we included Kevin Garrett’s story, “Whatever Is Pure,” in this issue. It’s about not having a secret life, but living a life that shines with God’s light, as Carol Sallee explains in her cover story on page 22. It’s about holiness, the focus of this month’s devotions.

God has called us to more than a life of rules. He’s called us to be different, to be set apart, to be holy, to be His. And offering your life back to Him as a pure and holy gift is a beautiful thing!

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