Wardrobe Change

assorted clothes

Photo by Kai Pilger on Pexels.com

I did not want to go for my daily walk, but I needed to go; walking was how I was building strength following chemotherapy. Among my litany of excuses for not going was “it’s too hot.” Before heading out, I needed to change into something cooler. As I dug around in my drawer, I saw my favorite walking skort. I slipped it on. As I did, I remembered wearing it for a hike on a vacation with my sons; I remembered wearing it when I won first place for my age group in a 5K. Putting on that skort, I had a mind shift. Suddenly I was ready to conquer the miles.

The way we dress affects our attitude. We even have some common sayings to express this: “The clothes make the man;” “dress for success.” I have learned to use this to motivate myself to do the things I need or want to do. On days when I plan to write or do artwork, I rummage around and find clothes that give me a bit of a bohemian look (sometimes including a turban that makes me look like Georgia O’Keeffe). When I need to buckle down and get some house cleaning done, I put on my apron with pockets that hold my dust cloth, my can of furniture polish, and any little thing that is out of place that I need to move to another room. As I knot the apron ties, I become a domestic goddess setting my realm in order.

Perhaps those shifts in mindset that can occur when we get dressed for an occasion is one of the reasons Paul tells us to “put on the full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11). The helmet of salvation and breastplate of righteousness not only provide the spiritual protection we need but as we hold up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, we also put on the mindset to advance the kingdom of God. We become “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37) as we face the challenges of the day.

How about you? How do you dress for success? And have you put on your armor today?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pat Rentschler
    Jul 25, 2018 @ 09:07:06

    Yup!

    Reply

  2. revdave45
    Jul 30, 2018 @ 10:31:06

    Love the pictures you paint with your words, knowing you I can well imagine you preparing for cleaning or creating a creating piece of artwork. Keep the Good work up, keep writing

    Reply

  3. Jean
    Aug 03, 2018 @ 15:03:15

    Sweet Teacher…Thanks for reminding us of all the ways God encourages us as we thank Him.

    Reply

  4. Connie A Huddleston
    Aug 03, 2018 @ 15:17:25

    Thank you for being His instrument to encourage me by reading and leaving a comment on my blog.

    Reply

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