“It seems like many people think that if you drive yourself crazy, then you can write. I’m absolutely not interested in that. It made sense to me to be as whole and well as I could be, and as happy. I wanted to see what a fortunate life would produce. What writing would come out of a mind that didn’t try to torment itself? What did I have to know? What did I have to do rather than what can I torment and bend myself into doing? What was the fruit on that tree?”
“Beyoncé isn’t Beyoncé because she reads comments on the Internet. Beyoncé is in Ibiza, wearing a stomach necklace, walking hand in hand with her hot boyfriend. She’s going on the yacht and having a mimosa. She’s not reading shitty comments about herself on the Internet, and we shouldn’t either. I just think, Would Beyoncé be reading this? No, she would just delete it or somebody would delete it for her. What I really need to do is close the computer and then talk back to that voice and say, Fuck you. I don’t give a shit what you think. I’m Beyoncé. I’m going to Ibiza with Jay-Z now, fuck off. Being criticized is part of the job, but seeking it out isn’t. That’s our piece to let go.”

John Piper talked about bikinis and modesty on a recent Ask Pastor John episode, and made it sound like modesty is a gospel issue. To Piper’s mind, one can judge the selflessness and depth of a woman’s faith based on how modestly she dresses.
I call poppycock. People are people, and we are allowed to dress according to our own standards, not according to some arbitrary rules set by a man who has never met us. You have freedom; you have agency; you own your body. How people react to your dress (or lack thereof) is on them. Wearing a one piece swimsuit to the pool is not some declaration of how much or how deeply you love Jesus. How you love your neighbor is.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

[Photo courtesy @Luke_M_Allison on Twitter. H/t to Emily Maynard for the Piper link]

'inside in inside out' paper cut illustration by Harriet Staniforth