What Are You Wearing?

“If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is,
seated on the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).

This week I received three catalogs full of sparkling holiday clothes for women. I shouldn’t
look at them, but I do. I shouldn’t want the clothes I see inside, but I do. However, I don’t
buy them. I have holiday clothes. They aren’t the latest fashion, but since I wear them only once or twice a year, they will do.

The Bible talks about some things we should put on the whole year through. Paul wrote, “Put on
therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of kindness, compassion, lowliness,
meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other. . . and above all
these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness” (Colossians 3:12-14).

The holidays will soon be upon us. Stress increases as we rush to complete last-minute
shopping, decorating, and cooking. Sometimes the slightest word or gesture from others is
enough to make us snap. The driver who is in a hurry and cuts us off. The sales clerk
who can’t get it right. The co-worker who takes time off and leaves us to do the work. The
family member who won’t help when you need help. The list could go on and on.

If things like this happen, and they will, I hope to be able to step back and think of what
Paul wrote. I want to be kind, compassionate, longsuffering, and forgiving. My relatives
and friends will remember my acts of kindness and Christ-like attitude much longer than
they remember what I wore. The beauty of my heart will make the holidays joyful for all.

Hymn: “Oh The Things We May Do”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us always to be aware of others and their needs.
May we lean on You and follow Christ’s example in showing Your love. In Jesus’s
name. Amen.

Donna Wittlif, Denver, Colorado