It is amazing to me, and incredibly disheartening, that society is encouraging women to “have their say” by taking away the say of others, especially their own children. The ability to bring children into the world is so intrinsic to the female experience, and yet our culture tells us that this is a burden to rid ourselves of, or at least to put off until it is more convenient for us. How incredibly self-serving is that? We have this amazing gift, with the potential to bring us so much happiness, in our sexuality. But we are encouraged to give it away in little, seemingly insignificant pieces until we decide we want to get married or have children. By the time that happens, how much of us is lost? And how cheapened is the gift when it is finally given in God’s intended context?
I have a say, and I say enough! Enough of allowing myself to be discouraged by this culture of death. I embrace LIFE instead. I will not settle for this watered-down version of my femininity. Rather, I will stand as an example of the joy that comes from respecting my sexuality enough to reject the pressures of society and saving it for use only as God intended. As I said, I am young, and this may make me unpopular among my peers. But I would much rather be unpopular than unhappy, and there is a huge difference between the two.
I thank God for giving me my say, and I thank my parents for letting me keep it. It is because of you that I have the chance to use it today to affirm the great beauty of life!