“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
–Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Every morning as I prepare for my day, I decide what to wear. Looking in my closet, I have choices. Do I wear a skirt today? Slacks? Jeans? What top coordinates with the skirt or pants? Both must match in color and appropriateness for the weather and occasion. Next, I decide on appropriate accessories. Which shoes? Belt? Scarf? Jewelry? All these choices match one another to create a unified whole. Once I make my decisions and dress, I’m ready for the day.
Just as I daily choose what clothes I’ll wear, I have choices in what to don from my spiritual closet. What shall I wear? Shall it be a spirit of complaining or gratefulness? If I choose complaining, I accessorize with sorrow and bitterness, to create a coordinated ensemble. I wonder: Is this what a child of God would wear? Is this appropriate attire for the daughter of the King? Instead, I choose to wear gratefulness. To match gratefulness, I choose compassion and humility, which naturally complement one another. To accessorize, I choose good deeds for my feet. The sparkling gem of God’s love unifies the ensemble. Now I’m ready for the day.
Father God, help me make wise choices as I choose clothing from my spiritual closet.
(I first published this devotional in The Secret Place, Fall 2017)