During the pandemic, I have heard lots of people talk about how challenging it is to get dressed. I think the permanent 2020 dress code was everyone’s favorite loungewear.
I found myself living life slightly different. I love to get dressed. Putting together an outfit with jewelry and even a spritz of perfume makes my soul happy. After all, in doing this, I can look great when a package is delivered, and I step out on the porch in all my glory to gracefully bring it inside. Note, this is an illusion. I always look awkward carrying a box! Add me holding the door open while carrying said box and you get comedy rather than grace and poise.
I love the idea of being ready for anything. God instructs us in Scripture to be ready. God challenges us to be alert. I am pretty sure this Scripture is not talking about our loungewear. So how do we prepare for each day? Each morning may you put on the clothes of compassion, grace, and humility.
Adorn yourselves with the gem that is the sparkling light of Christ. Shine bright in this world, and be a light for those who find themselves clouded in the darkness of grief, poverty, illness, misfortune, disappointment, and the lack of knowledge of Christ. Set your feet on the floor, whether barefoot, fitted into comfy laced up shoes, or in those fancy stilettos, with a willingness to walk whatever journey God has in store for you each day.
As you brush out your hair brush away thoughts of anger, bitterness, revenge, and inadequacy. As a final touch, spritz yourself with the sweet scent of justice, joy, and gratitude. You are ready to go about your day, to model Christ to others with your words, actions, and heart. If you find yourself wearing your favorite fancy outfit or loungewear in the process, well dear one that is just a bonus!
“Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you”
1 Peter 3:15