by Gina Welborn
What Not to Wear" with Clinton Kelly and Stacy London. I have to say that in the last couple weeks since she watched that episode (or two), I've noticed a slight change in her attire. She's a little more . . . polished. Still appropriate for a 13-yr-old yet no longer she put on the first thing she grabbed.
We even decided to have our own "What Not to Wear" closet cleaning out.
Timely to be sure.
To do this, you have to pull everything out of yoru closet and dresser drawers. No pain. No gain.
- Get rid of anything you haven't worn in the past two years . . . but keep all your classics (if they're in great condition).
- Get rid of anythign that's overly colorful, unflattering (yes, girls, this means trying everything on), or certainly both.
- If you find yourself justifying an item's presence to an invisible friend, ditch it.
- Keep the realities of life in mind: If you only wear jeans, you don't need five pairs of black pants.
- Ease the breakup by storing anythign you're unsure about. Revisit the bag or container of castoffs in a mothn and you'll probably be surprised you ever wavered.
I share all of this today because . . .
Those of you in the Christian writing world know later this week is the American Christian Fiction Writers' national conference in St. Louis. Yay!!! Eeeks!!! While the men attending may give five minutes of thought into what to pack, most of the ladies have been pondering that very question for the last few weeks. Even months.
Now I really don't like most fashion magazines, but one I do like is Lucky. The pages aren't littered with scantily or skanky dressed models. Absolutely no articles on improving one's sex life. No dating advice either. Just fashion. And fashion that's wearable for a normal woman, not a desperate housewife either.
One article I came across claimed "These 10 Pieces Make 7 Weeks of Outfits." No way! Umm, yes way. Only thing is I can't imagine wearing only those seven items for seven weeks in a row. Might as well just give me an orange jumpsuit and call it a day because before those 7 weeks are up, those 10 pieces are going to seem like an orange jumpsuit.
Perhaps the real message from the article is that we really don't need as much clothes as we think we do. Hmmmmmm . . .
Every woman is supposed to have a LBD (little black dress) in her wardrobe arsenol. Just as every Christian is supposed to have the armor of God. Oh, you know the verses . . .
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ~Ephesians 6:10-18
Listen, girlfriend, armor is important and all because we are in a battle. We are at war! Or as The Message says, "This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels."
War is tough so we'd better be equipped. Well equipped.
But how much more important is that we are clothed in love?
Jesus said, "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other."
The early Church didn't have classes on Simple Evangelism. The apostles didn't do weekend conferences on How to Win Souls.
People weren't drawn to Jesus becuase of the armor He wore. They were drawn to His love. Which seems to me why Jesus was so focused on telling his disciples to love one another.
Love is the new (and the orignial) LBD. Wear it! Every day. Every way. Every how. Because people will know who we are and whose we are by our love one for another.
SERIOUS QUESTION OF THE DAY :: Do you think it's possible to love someone even if you don't like him/her? If so, how do you really love someone who you don't like? Do they see more of your love or your dislike?
NON-SERIOUS QUESTION OF THE DAY :: If you had to whittle your wardrobe down to 20 pieces (not including undergarments, accessories, socks, shoes, or winter coats), what would those 20 items be? Here are your categories: Blazers, shirts, sweaters, skirts, pants/jeans, dresses. If you don't wear, say, pants, you can elimate that category.