Good lookin’ out! – #1Word5voices #40days #Lent

What’s a good look on you? How often do you think about that?

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I’m no fashionista, as you can see from this picture.

It was the mid-90s, OK? There were lots of great things like flannel and ripped jeans and grunge music, but parting the hair down the middle wasn’t my best idea. I fully admit it! {I regret that shirt, too.}

A few years ago I read The Year of Living Biblically. The author, A.J. Jacobs, tried to obey the full list of commands in the Bible–EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.–for one year. It’s a great read for learning what Scripture is like for us now as well as what its original context was.

One of the laws that he found is from Ecclesiastes 9:8, which mentions wearing white garments before God. So for a large chunk of time during that year, he wore white robes. He tells about how it gave him a more positive outlook, helped with his moods, and was super hard to clean. [Because white clothes.]

This was one of the best things I did all year. I felt lighter, happier, purer. Clothes make the man: You can’t be in a bad mood when you’re dressed like you’re about to play the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

Beyond this verse, Scripture doesn’t have a lot to say about what we wear. It does assume we should know not to have our booty hanging out of our shorts.

But I digress.

In Colossians 3, Paul brings up how we should dress, but puts a spin on it.  He tells us to put on garments of love and forgiveness, grace and kindness. It’s a transformative thought. Everyone thinks about what they’re going to wear for any particular day. Sometimes you pick out your clothes the night before; sometimes you pick them out the moment you wake up.

What if, whether it’s before or after you get dressed, you went through some process that put you in a mindset of wearing love and kindness, just like an infinity scarf or the pants you put on? How might that change your entire day, every day?

Wearing forgiveness as a jacket. Putting on love like your favorite t-shirt.

That’s the kind of look I wish people wore more often.

What look are you going for in your life?


ACheck out what my friends are writing about during our crazy Lent experiment we talked each other into doing. Shawn, Lindz, Bones, or Steph.


About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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