Clothing That Makes A Statement: It’s Not What You Think

by Heather on March 10, 2014

clothing that makes a statement

Clothing That Makes A Statement: It’s Not What You Think

 

Sometimes as military wives, we need clothing that makes a statement. We want a pop of color when we’re heading to a military ball. We want a sassy bikini for that tropical getaway or the first weekend at the beach. We want to have a fun accessory for our date night with hubby. But what makes the best statement? Today I’ll share some qualities that can speak far louder than a piece of clothing.

Dressed In Holy Clothes

This past week I’ve been thinking a lot about clothes, so I found it ironic when I picked up my Bible study for the week. The title was “Dressed in Holy Clothes” and was from Colossians 3:12-17.

The first few verses are all about what we should clothes ourselves with. It doesn’t go on to mention all the raging styles. It doesn’t say be sure and keep up with the Joneses.

Verses 12-14 say this:

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

What To Wear, What To Wear

The most important thing we can “put on” is love. Love lived out as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Love lived out as forgiveness.

These are not easy to “wear” at all times. For me, it’s far easier sometimes to be impatient than to be patient. It’s far easier to be proud than humble. It’s easier to harden my heart than to be compassionate.

Clothing That Makes A Statement

The clothes we wear do make a statement. They reveal how we feel about ourselves, our personality, our quirks and much more. Yet these other “clothes,” these character qualities, reveal a lot as well.

We’ve all met the perfectly dressed woman who has bitterness and mean just oozing right out of her. And I’m sure we all have many names for her. I bet we’ve also met the humbly dressed person who is the most kind and compassionate.

However, this is a typical stereotype. It’s equally possible to have a woman who doesn’t put much effort into outer appearance be extremely bitter and rude, while another woman who enjoys and loves fashion to also be a joyful, kind person.

That’s exactly the point- it’s not the outer clothing that makes us. It’s the character qualities that we put on- the ones we have to practice and pray for- that make the biggest statement.

This is a great reminder for me, and I hope it is for you too. Put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Forgive and love. Let those be the main focus, and let your physical clothing be a further expression of the joy you live in.

Have a fabulous week!

Much love,
Heather

 

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