First Things First (Part 2): A New Dress

There is a seemingly known stereotype that women love to shop. I’ve been told that apparel shopping is a fun, relaxing excursion. That if there are five things every woman enjoys doing, shopping would be among the top three. Shopping has been known to relieve stress, diminish tension and reduce anxiety. It has been assumed that shopping is enjoyed by the majority of women and can be even more enjoyable when coupled with a few of their closest friends. Although I have not done any extensive research on the shopping habits of women, I can boldly stand in the minority pool of this supposedly highly enjoyed pass time. Contrary to popular belief, I am a woman who despises shopping for clothes. Frankly, for me shopping is utterly exhausting and I have never Purple Dressfound it to be anything short of a time stealer. After hours of searching and looking for the right outfit, the right style and the right color, joined with endless scuffles of trying on, taking off and trying on again — apparel shopping is something I attempt to avoid at all cost.

But wait – this activity I have come to dread, does bring with it an upside. There does seem to be a reason for this madness. A purpose if you will… a rational outcome to be accomplished. After all that repetitive work that initially looks to be humdrum, I eventually find a dress that fits me perfectly!

Once you and I have resolved to be solely dependent on Christ (no longer searching for what to wear), Christ tells us to put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. < Ephesians 4:24 > This is for us to know. That after our acknowledging where God rules in our life and making up our mind to let Him governor our lives totally, there is inevitably a reason for the madness. The reason: for us to put on our New Dress!

You and I dressed perfectly in the character of Christ: a compassionate heart, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience….. And above all these we are to put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Dress to Impress,

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3 thoughts on “First Things First (Part 2): A New Dress

  1. CharMaine, I am a woman who enjoys a nice afternoon or evening at the mall, touching and trying things on and finding that “must go home with me” piece or pieces. After reading your post, I now must deliberately ask myself, when taking that last look in the mirror, have I put on compassion, what about kindness, can’t forget humility and meekness, and I certainly need some patience and a lot of LOVE. As you have so eloquently reminded us, it is only after we have put on the character of Christ, every single day, that we are well dressed. Thanks for the reminder!!

  2. This was a great analogy! I love to shop and to find a perfect outfit gives me great joy, however, it is hard work. The same with putting on Chrits like ways, it is hard work, but to accompolish ways of living that are Christ like brings me great joy as well. I love this!

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