BY: CINDY JACKSON
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BIBLE TEXT: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” –Colossians 3:12
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Mrs. Palmer swept into my life each week for a couple of years when I was in high school. She would glide into the room, always in a dress and heels, her perfume sometimes entering the room before she did. Her hair was always perfectly coiffed; bangle bracelets always jingled on her wrist and beautiful rings always adorned her fingers. She never came without makeup. I was always amazed that she would take such great care in her dress just to teach me piano. I finally could stand it no more and one day asked her why she was always so dressed up. She answered, “Dear, you can choose whether you look in the mirror at yourself or not, but others around you have no choice. They have to look at you, so you should always look your best.” I can’t say that I came away with great musical abilities from those lessons, but her words certainly stuck with me and created a pattern in my life. I have never left the house without my makeup on, and I always take great care when choosing what I’m going to wear each day.
Recently, as I carefully chose my clothing for the day, discarding several pieces before finally settling on what I thought was a good choice and while putting on my makeup and fixing my hair, I heard God quietly ask, “Do you spend as much time on how your inside looks as you do the outside? What do you do on the inside before you walk out the door each day? Do you put Me on?” I had to think about what it really means to put on Christ each day. I love Colossians 3:12 in the words of The Message. “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.” This is a wardrobe that I don’t have to choose, for a loving God chose it for me. All I have to do is ask Him to dress me in it each day. It’s a wardrobe that will never shrink or fade and will always be in fashion. It’s a wardrobe that will spill over to the outside, impacting those around me.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you that You will dress me each day if I only ask. Help my focus to always be on how I’m dressed on the inside. Let the clothing of compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and discipline always be my fashion choice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy has been married to Tim Jackson for 27 years, and they have three children: Audrey (22), Tyler (19), and Drew (16). Cindy has been a homeschool mom for 18 years and has been teaching other homeschool students for 17 years. She spends much of her free time as a soccer mom, traveling the state and country with Drew. Reading, writing, and cooking are her favorite pastimes. Although a teacher, she is really a student at heart, always desiring to learn more.