An unintended fashion statement
As I sit writing this column on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I cannot help but wonder how my children do the things they do, and how I miss those things.
Just a couple of hours ago I was walking out into the parking lot to get one of our church busses, so I could run my bus route and take my riders home. I passed by the wife of one of my deacons, a dear lady from Ellenboro.
She is always supportive, and never fails to have something sweet to say about me and to me. It was no surprise, then, to have her smile and say something to brighten my day. In this particular instance, she said “Why, Preacher, you look so fashionable today!”
Friends, I do try.
I am one of those old-fashioned guys that believes in dressing your very best to come and worship the Lord. On the other hand, as I said in my preaching today “I believe in wearing your best to church, to come before the Lord. But if the best you have is old rags, you come in those old rags. You are welcome at Cornerstone Baptist Church regardless, we will love you no less than anyone else!”
On this particular day I was wearing sharp black slacks, a gray and black jacket, a shirt of the most incredible blue, a matching tie, and had shined my black shoes the night before. Needless to say, then, I agreed with the assessment of that sweet lady. But then I heard her giggle, and a warning light began to flash in my brain. I did not know what exactly was wrong, but I knew SOMETHING was definitely amiss!
As usual, I was carrying my computer backpack slung over one shoulder. I heard my dear deacon’s wife giggle again, and she said “Uh, preacher, that really is a very pretty scarf...”
Scarf? What scarf?
I distinctly remembered NOT putting on a scarf today, or ever, for that matter! Looking around, though, I caught sight of purple and lace. Instantly I groaned, knowing what it was. There, hanging from my backpack, was my youngest daughter’s purple lace scarf, draped behind me like the cape of a female, thirteen year old super hero! My children are masters at getting mom and dad to carry their stuff without even knowing it.
Somewhere between the church and the parking lot she had adorned me with her scarf without my knowledge, and now I had a deacon’s wife (and a bunch of others, I might add) laughing at my “unintended fashion statement!”
I would never, ever have chosen to wear that purple scarf, someone else chose it for me. But there is something that I do choose to wear, all day every day. Romans 13:14 says “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” I choose to “put on Jesus” every day! I accepted Him on the inside many years ago, but I choose to “wear Him on the outside” every single day that I live. To a Christian, He is not supposed to be a “hidden, private thing,” He is to be that which is the most visible about us! Our attitude, our interactions with co-workers, our integrity, everything about us, every single day, should make people see Jesus when they see us.
No one could have missed that purple lace scarf flapping in the breeze behind me.
I just hope that Jesus is just as visible upon me as that scarf, each and every day. I hope the same is true of you as well!
Dr. Bo Wagner is pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Mooresboro, NC, and the author of several books. His books are available at www.wordofhismouth.com