A New Wardrobe

Have you ever watched the TV show What Not To Wear on The Learning Channel? I love it. Some might think it’s kind of lame but I enjoy watching people being transformed. What starts out as a need for a wardrobe change ends up really being a transformation from within. It’s not until these people can come face-to-face with their insecurities, fears, struggles, and self-talk that they can see what a beautiful person they can be. It’s not until the issues on the inside are addressed that they are comfortable with making changes on the outside. Then the wardrobe becomes the fun part as they celebrate the new person they’ve become and express that transformation and their acceptance of themselves with a new attitude and air of confidence.

How would you feel if someone nominated you for a makeover? Are there areas where you need to look inside and make some changes so that transformation is evident on the outside? Maybe others can see there’s hope for us when we can’t see it ourselves. They can look beyond our “before” and see there’s potential for the “after.” God knows it’s there.

Be in relationship with God…in prayer and confession and reading His word. Nourish your spiritual life and watch the transformation begin! You’ll be wearing the wardrobe of the fruit of the spirit – and it’s beautiful.

BEFORE                    AFTER
Hate                               Love
Sorrow                            Joy
Conflict                           Peace
Impatience                      Patience
Mean-spirited                 Kindness
Evil                                 Goodness
Unreliable                       Faithfulness
Anger                             Gentleness
Indulgent                        Self-Control

But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Galatians 5:22 (The Message)

Clothed in His Grace,
Nancy Nickoley

P.S. By the way, it’s okay to wear white after Labor Day.


1 comment (Add your own)

1. Julie wrote:
Thank-you Nancy for this delightful wisdom of transforming from the inside out!

Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 8:54 AM

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