Kempis Quote
Amaya Rodriguez, 2015
Thomas a Kempis regarding prayer from The Imitation of Christ
Watercolor, text

The Problem with “Basic”

Dear Women Who Call Themselves and Others “Basic”,

I see you on social media. You with your coffee drinks, earmuffs, puff coats, boots, skinny jeans, and the same caption over and over again: “Having a basic day…feeling so basic…”. And you’re saying this maybe because you’re laughing at yourself. Maybe you grew up trying to go against the grain but now that the daily high temperature is a balmy 30 degrees you’re realizing that hey! scarves and puff coats and coffee are comfy! Maybe you think it’s hilarious that you twin with other girls on a regular basis.

But I’m worried that when you call yourself basic, part of you really thinks you’re basic. I’m worried your buying into this latest trend that has labelled your outward appearance and beverage choice as an expression of your inward self, calling you expendable, monotonous, routine, and unnoteworthy.

I’m writing to you because nothing could be further from the truth. The Tuesday service at my university is working through the book of Ephesians. Talking about Ephesians 1, our preacher pointed out that no one wants to feel like they are on the losing team. Most of all, no one wants to feel like they are the last choice. You know, when you’re lined up against a wall while team captains pick their teams, and you know you’re not the cream of the crop. You feel basic. But God’s truth has a different message: you are so important, so vital to Him, and so essential that you were “predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).

There’s nothing basic about that.

So whatever you have in your hand, around your head, over your shoulders, and on your feet this season, remember that you are so priceless that before your first breath you were set-apart. Don’t let anyone diminish you. Does their opinion matter over God’s truth? Me, I’ll play the game, run the good race while I’m here on Earth. But I’m playing for God’s team, because He picked me first before all others.