photo by: Shirley/London/May 2005
Fashion Follies
originally written 17 Dec 09
posted 18 Dec 09

A thought occurred to me this morning while I was taking a shower and reflecting on recent conversations and situations:

“worrying about fashion and figure while neglecting our spiritual health is like painting the house while it’s on fire…”

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with fashion for so long…
and if I’m going to be honest, I must confess it’s been mostly hate.

When I was growing up, there was a lot of emphasis and importance placed on brand names and having the right hairstyle.
I was ridiculed frequently for not having the right name on my butt...
or that my clothes were out-of-date...
and largely ignored by the “it” crowd…
and most of my other peers as well.
It was a painful time.
I am so thankful for those who did know my name and cared that I existed!

As I grew up and away from those situations,
fashion lost its grip on my heart.
It no longer mattered to me what brands I was wearing or using…
nor which hairstyle was “in” at the moment.
In fact, brand names became something I would avoid altogether whenever possible.  I still avoid them if I can.Too much pain has been inflicted in the name of fashion.  It’s seems so stupid to me.
Why is so much emphasis put on what we look like on the outside and so little importance put on character, integrity and kindness?

I will always be a girl.  I will always enjoy looking beautiful.
But I have grown to realize that if the beauty does not come from within,
it’s a shallow pursuit.  External beauty does not last!

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”
Proverbs 31:30

People around the world pour money endlessly into trying to keep looking young and, presumably, beautiful.  But I tell you the truth, an old woman wrinkled skin and gray hair who wears gentleness like a garment and smiles kindly at others is FAR more beautiful than a young woman who wears facial expressions that seem to scream that she will eat you for lunch…
or that she’s better than you…
or looks like a swarm of bees has attacked her face and caused swelling!
(The wrinkles may be gone but she fools no one.
Young skin does not need Botox!  LOL!)

I am not saying we are to deny our natural inclination to reflect beauty!  What I’m saying is that we should be more mindful of the damage inside our home…and see to the repairs necessary…before we invest in that new coat of paint on the outside of the house.  : )

The inside should be the greater priority.  The condition of our hearts is far more important than the clothes on our backs.  Do we spend more time on our makeup and wardrobe than we do on maintaining a healthy relationship with the One who created us and daily prepares miracles and wonders for us to enjoy?  (I know, I know…I just stepped on my own toes as well!)

We are each only given 24 hours each day.  Sometimes we have to choose carefully how we each spend our 24 hour allotment…and remember that the only opinion worth worrying about is that of our Creator God.  Our world will tell us that beauty is all-important…but God desires that our priorities be a bit different from society’s unstable and empty mantra.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment,
such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, 
the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is of great worth in God's sight.”
1 Peter 3:3-4
close this window to go back

Click here for more "Lightbulb Moments"