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

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

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SLACKER HAIR ALERT (far left)

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?

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

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About Brian Swanson

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