Have you ever gone to your closet in anticipation of putting together a fun outfit only to find yourself in the same spot 10 minutes later still staring at the same options? There have been times when I have thought “If only I could run to Target quick.
I know I could come up with something!” I know that men don’t always get this about women but there are times when we just need to express ourselves with our style. We want to be an ORIGINAL.
The Bible actually talks about this. One of my favorite scriptures is found in Galatians 5:25,26. It says this:
“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”
The end of that verse really hits home for me. And I believe for most of us as women. We tend to compare. We think, “I wish I had her wardrobe. hair. body.” Fill in the blank. “I wish my husband. kid. girlfriend. was more like that.” We’re constantly wanting to “be” somebody other than who we are. Somebody other than who God created us to be. And that’s a problem.
I hate to break it to you but we don’t need another Mother Teresa. We don’t need another Picasso or Vincent van Gogh. We don’t even need another Bono. (Heresy,I know.) The world doesn’t need another anybody! If we did, God would’ve made another one. What this world does need is YOU.
We need YOU. YOU- who haven’t showered for days and brushing your teeth seems like a thing of the past because you’re raising precious little lives that take ALL of your energy. YOU- who goes to your job day in and day out doing mundane tasks but doing them with love. YOU- who are taking care of parents and loved ones who can’t take care of themselves anymore. We need YOU to be YOU.
Have you ever borrowed something to wear from a girlfriend? Every once in a while we do that. We borrow a great jacket or a fancy dress. But we don’t call that same girlfriend every day asking to borrow her clothes. That would be ridiculous. (And very annoying.) She would probably tell you, “You have your own wardrobe! Wear something you own.”
And she’d be right.
So stop trying to borrow your girlfriend’s jacket all the time. It’s not yours! It’s hers. It looks better on her for a reason.
Her gifts, her talents her passions, they look good on her because God gave them to her.
Are you depressed yet? Don’t be. Here’s the best part. You have your own God-given wardrobe. And you know what? There’s some really great pieces in there. Sometimes we just have to dig a little. There might be a really great jacket that’s been pushed to the back. Sometimes we just need to mix it up a little. We need to pull some pieces that we don’t normally pair together and try them out.
Maybe our “patience” shirt has been pushed to the back of the closet. Or perhaps our favorite old pair of “love” jeans haven’t been worn in a while. Just like in the “natural world” we need to go through our closet & organize things once in a while, we also need to do that with our spiritual closet.
There’s a book called “Fresh Brewed Life” by Nicole Johnson. If you haven’t ever read it, I would highly recommend it. I’ve read it several times. It’s one of those books that you can go back to & pick stuff out over and over again. But one of my favorite quotes from her is this: “What you’re passionate about was created in you to make a splash in this life that no-one else can make. Make it. Make it now!”
Nobody else can make the kind of splash that you can. That’s why we need you. We need your unique talents, passions, and gifts to make a difference in this world. So take another look into your closet and see what kind of unique style God has given you. Be the “you” this world needs.