What’s that one piece in your wardrobe you just could not do without?
Is it a scarf? A white blouse? The jeans that fit you like a glove? A jacket or a certain sweater? A pair of boots or shoes?
Is that piece also your favorite, or do you have another that makes you feel like a million bucks when you have it on?
I have a couple favorites, and yes, even one I feel like Wonder Woman when I wear it. (Okay, maybe not quite Wonder Woman, but maybe Super Girl.)
If you’ve had any history with your wardrobe, you already know styles change, often from season to season. What was popular last year, might not be popular this year. My closet could use a good going through to remove items that I no longer wear and that are no longer “in style.” I’ll get to that, one of these days.
As I was preparing for a talk I recently gave, I came across a scripture I’m familiar with, but I had not read it before in this particular translation. It impacted me so, I wrote it down and I plan to place it on my bathroom mirror, where I’ll read it every day as I’m deciding on what pieces to wear from my wardrobe.
Take a look:
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: 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
I’m convicted. Some days I get too concerned about the wardrobe I’ve picked out, and less about the one God has picked out for me. Too many times I’m putting more emphasis on my outward appearance, when I should be looking more closely at the inward qualities God has given me: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and discipline.
These qualities, not the pieces hanging in my closet, are what’s important.
If I lived every day with these three verses as my focus, can you imagine the difference they would make?
And the most important piece in our wardrobe? It’s Love. (I guess it’s not my favorite jeans after all.)
Love is the most important quality we can wear.