A retired business woman began a new career as a public speaker. Her circuit of speaking engagements often included breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings in the same day in towns many miles apart. This left her little time to change outfits between meetings.
If she happened to spill something on her dress at a breakfast meeting, the spot could be visible the rest of the day, in spite of her best efforts to sponge it away in the restroom. She knew there had to be a creative solution to her dilemma.
While shopping, she spied a silk scarf with a lovely pattern and color which matched one of her outfits. She purchased the large square scarf and altered it by cutting a hole in the center large enough to slide over her head.
Voila! She now had a lovely shawl which could be worn over her dress in case of any mishaps. Better still, the scarf could be turned around if she happened to spill something on it and no one would be the wiser, allowing her to speak several times in a day without worry or rushing to change.
Being a savvy business woman, she promptly went to the local thrift store and purchased several pretty scarves for a small sum to complement all her speaking dresses.
As women of God, it’s not so easy to hide the spots and wrinkles in our lives. We can’t just put on Christianity like a silk scarf shawl to cover up our old nature, bitterness, or impatience. Those stains will show through any camouflage and easily spill onto the lives of others.
We must clothe ourselves with the genuine article – Christ Himself – so He shines through us in all our dealings with others, helping us to be merciful, kind, humble, gentle and patient. And when we fail, we can always get a good, instant spot cleaning through His forgiveness.
Lord, Clothe me with your nature so that others will always see you in me. Amen.