Saturday, July 24, 2010

Beauty and the Bible The Collection Pt 2 Active Wear

I've placed God as my Master Stylist. He's dressed me in Salvation for my first look (Psalm 149:4). I am lookin' good and on my way to enjoying this style session.

Now that I've got my Salvation on, what next? Or is this it? Well I'm not leaving til He's shown me the whole collection. I think God might choose Active Wear for my next look. Active Wear is what we are all looking for, right? After all, it's a practical choice for everyday life. Clothes that make us feel good and can take us from morning to night. That's kind of a tall order because who knows what our day will encounter. We just know that we want to be comfortable and look good doing it all.

I think to get this look started we've got to be prayed up. We've got to ask God to open our eyes for opportunities to shine His light wherever we go. Ephesians 5:8 says, "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth). This is such a great verse for lots of reasons. One of the first things that jumps out at me is He tells us to walk as children. Children have lots of energy. And although I'm a fairly hyper person-I get tired. And that's just a nice way of saying grumpy! Like downright grumpy. I remember a run in my life where I would get so ill with drive- thru workers. I'm not sure that I should blame it on being tired or maybe I just was a little too self-righteous thinking, "I MUST be the one to stop bad customer service at drive-thru's for all!". Whatever my deal was I seemed to get the worker who cared the least about looking at me or getting my order right. Well, instead of spreading God's love and light I would question them in a not so nice way and make sure that the manager knew of their awful behaviour. Then one day God convicted me. He reminded me of a lesson I thought I'd learned long before this. -Love is kind_- 1Cor 13:4.
WOW. No matter what this worker did, I was not being kind. This worker needs to see the love of Jesus and I need to pray for their circumstances. Sometimes the obvious is so hard to see. The funny thing is, once I started showing God's kindness in those situations instead of my self-righteous hiny, those situations didn't seem to happen as often.

Another thing that stands out to me is that my outfit (what others see in me) should be from the Spirit. If what I'm wearing and showing is goodness, true righteousness and truth then I'm positive I will have a good effect on others for the kingdom. And the bonus is I'll feel good in that outfit! When we feel good in an outfit we smile more, we walk a little taller with a zing in our step. And that makes people want to know what we've got.

So let's put on one of the most important pieces for Active Wear - the shoes. God tells us to ...shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace... Remembering that we take God everywhere we go whether to work, school, our kids school, the store or the drive-thru.

We've got to be ready to see the opportunity that He's given us and make the most of it. After all, you can see your outfit much better if you're shining His light than if your covered in darkness.