While on a date for our anniversary, my favorite pair of boots died. The zipper exploded so that the beautiful leather just flopped onto the floor, making it completely non-functional. Since we were in a city, we just found a DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) to get me a new pair of boots right then.
And oh the FASHION! I seriously love this store because well-made shoes can be functional and look AMAZING!
Amidst all these functional boots, I found beloved ones. Bright blue, high heels, suede, they called to me. They fit well and made me feel like the best of myself.
They actually go with no pants that I own, so my romantic and amazing husband suggested we go buy new jeans. As we were in a CITY, we looked up where a TJ Maxx was and spent the rest of our date shopping for clothes that made me feel as confident as those boots did.
It was so fun shopping for clothes and shoes in the nice warm city of Indianapolis. I could make choices about what I’d wear that did not consider being protected from the elements (like my non-beautiful big brown coat protects me from the bitter winds of northeast Arizona). These clothes are not made for staying at home and being isolated- they must be SEEN! I wore these new purchases with confidence, knowing I was projecting a beloved part of my personality through them. I am making a statement about who I am.
Just as our clothing can present our best side to the world, so also our behavior can present the best of us- Christ living in us. Our family’s theme verse for the year talks about what we project to the world, our spiritual fashion.
Colossians 3:12-14 commands,
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
This is what we are to wear- compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Understanding for others’ shortcomings, forgiveness. And perfecting the outfit, like the perfect accessory, Love.
This makes quite a statement! It certainly says something about who we are. As we put on these virtues, we project Christ as He truly is to the world. This is super exciting to me as I challenge my children to develop these virtues this year. My personal resolution this year is to both ask them how they showed these virtues each day and praise them when I see them putting these on.
It’s amazing to me that none of these are protective. All of these virtues can leave us vulnerable to others. How can we risk putting these on? Only because of the protection that comes from being God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved. This relationship with God shields us sufficiently to confidently dress in a way that reflects Him. And draws others to Him. These virtues are nothing without relationships with others- they are meant to be seen, so that Christ is seen. This is what I want to teach to my children and project to the world about myself- a heart that draws others to who Christ really is.
Clothing yourself is a choice- you do it every day. As you think about the clothes you use to communicate something about yourself, don’t neglect to choose to put on all these virtues, bound together with love, to communicate Christ to the world.