One time, a guy I liked said that I reminded him of the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic. I was so offended—I am not shallow! I am more than my clothes! I seethed into my takeout latte, as I stalked down the street in my on-point floral jumpsuit, matched with some chunky heels. ‘This outfit should not work but it does!’ I thought—‘No, I mean, I don’t even think about that kind of trash. I am deep and love meaningful talks, and just because he was going off to be a missionary somewhere, who did he think …’ Okay, it would never have worked between us because I could never live in a country where you wear kaftans 24/7.
I do love clothes. There I’ve said it.
The truth is, what we wear is an expression of who we are. Even if you’re the kind of person who just throws on whatever is most comfortable, that still says something about you—perhaps that you’re practical and a ‘doer’. Me, I’m not a do-er—I’ve always been a ‘be-er’—someone who loves to sit and contemplate, and who will stop to enjoy something beautiful that catches my eye.
I used to think that made me a bad Christian. Like, I’m passionate about pretty things, when I should be passionate about the injustices in the world. Afterall, Jesus himself said, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?’ (Matthew 6:25). (Oh, and I totally love food. Another fail).
There’s so much wisdom in Jesus’ words. In our world that is obsessed with the body beautiful, these comforting words remind us not to waste meaningless energy feeling anxious about the way we look or what we wear. It reminds us that God does not judge us on outward appearances. God loves us just as we are, so we need not be afraid.
It’s also a reminder that God is a wonderful creator. He is our creator. What we love to wear, listen to, what we enjoy doing or building or making—these are all part of the creative spark that God has placed in each of us. It’s part of what makes us unique.
I remember God clearly speaking to me about my passion for fashion. He said: ‘What you wear should celebrate who you are, not conceal who you are’. You see, if we are striving to project an image to the world so that we will feel more accepted, we are acting out of fear. That is not what God wants for us—he doesn’t want us to hide behind an image or scene. But if our style is a celebration of the way God made us, we are reflecting God’s beautiful, bold, diverse creation.
Whether you’re a true romantic (like me), a rock ‘n’ roller, a proud tech nerd, or just love your comfy pants, be the you God made you to be.