Every day each of us are faced with some of the same decisions. One is “What am I gonna wear?”… for some of us that is more of a struggle than for others.
In this extremely cold, snowy weather, what we wear outside matters! We bundle and layer when we go out. This southern girl living in the cold, snowy weather of Central Ohio really bundles and layers because I am freezing! Bottom line …. What we wear is important!
In sports, it is important what we wear… the right shoes… the right kind of clothes… the right fitting clothes… the right weight of clothes and the list goes on…
In our lives, God gives us an important wardrobe to put on daily. Listen to what Paul said in Colossians….
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: (and that wardrobe is) compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it”
Colossians 3:12-14 The Message).
Notice that God is the one who picked out this wardrobe for us to put on daily. He picked out:
Compassion – empathy for others … putting ourselves in others’ place to understand how they feel and what they are facing and then …caring for them
God says put on compassion every day,.
Kindness – being friendly, generous, and considerate, gentle, helpful, thoughtful, unselfish—-doing acts of kindness for others
God says put on kindness every day.
Humility – not thinking too highly of ourselves, being meek, putting others above ourselves
God says put on humility every day.
Quiet Strength – a strength that comes from the inside … from a person’s faith and dependence on God. It is knowing who we are in Christ and knowing whose we are and living out life with that knowledge.
God says put on quiet strength every day.
Discipline – committing ourselves to learning, to practicing disciplines to make us better in every area of our lives
God says to put on discipline every day.
Paul goes on to tell us to be:
Even Tempered – don’t lose it… don’t spout an attitude but learn to keep an even temper and good attitude.
Be Content – thankful for where we are and for what we have right now.
Quick to forgive – don’t hold grudges or try to get back… forgive and move on.
And he finishes with the basic, all purpose garment… LOVE… and tells us to never be without it. Always wear LOVE.
Love covers a multitude of sins.
Love enables us to forgive quickly.
Love breeds compassion, kindness, forgiveness, strength, humility and discipline.
Whatever clothes we wear… the garments that God has picked out for us …will make us more like him in every life situation. They always match… they always look good and they are always appropriate.
Let’s be sure we are wearing the right clothes every day!
And when we are wearing the right clothes, we ARE dressed for success!