I Love Your Jesus aka Feed Sack Dresses

"Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." 1 Peter 3:3-4

"I love your purse, Kim!  Is that Brighton?" said Shelly.

"It's Kate Spade. A gift. I love your dress! You wear it well!" Kim responded.

We hear this kind of banter among people every day.  So-and-so has a beautiful necklace, car, ring, clothes, and the list goes on.  

But how often do we hear this in daily conversation, "I love your Jesus.  I can see Him in your quiet and gentle spirit, in the kindness and love you show to others"?

My mother told often of growing up during the Great Depression and going with her mother to buy chicken feed and flour.  The feed and flour sacks came in lovely fabrics. My grandmother used them to make beautiful dresses for my mother and sister.  They were never ashamed or embarrassed about their feed sack dresses, but rather grateful, always.

My mother gently warned me against over-glamorizing so as not to be a stumbling block and cause others to covet all of these external things, not to mention chasing them, myself.  Her point was Peter's very point in the Scripture reference above.  If others are going to covet, let it be the Holy Spirit within, our Jesus, that becomes the object of their desire and longing—and our own.

May we always chase only Jesus and live in such a way as to cause others to see and want only Jesus, too.

You wear Him well.

Goodnight, Runners.


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