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BEING ME

Hunter McWhorter, 21

Most of us don’t have someone telling us what to wear; but we have a lot of people telling us what not to wear. In Christian circles, we hear: “Don’t wear this.” “Don’t dress like that.” Don’t, don’t, don’t—or my personal favorite: “Modest is hottest.”

The angel said, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” Peter did what he was told. Then the angel said, “Now put on your coat and follow me.”
Acts 12:8 (CEV)

What would happen if we dressed with one simple goal in mind: to wear clothes that represent our personality and create an opportunity for positive conversation? When I wear crazy socks, toe shoes, and a Nike T-shirt, lots of people ask me why I dress this way or what it means—an instant conversation starter. Or maybe I encounter someone and discover we both love soccer because we’re both wearing team jerseys. From our initial conversation about our clothes, we are able to get to know each other better; and often I can bring my faith in Christ into the conversation. Even if our clothes say nothing about what we believe, what we wear can help us build a common bond with another person and give us opportunities to share our faith.

 

THINK ABOUT IT: What do your clothes say about you? What do or could you wear to invite positive conversation?

—from devozine (July/August 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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