I have never been what you would call a “Mall Rat”, but about twice a year, maybe three times, I get the shopping bug! When that bug bites my wallet, I could just “shop till I drop!” My mantra is, as Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble used to say, “Charge it!”
And when this bug overcomes me I am not particular in what I buy, as long as it is clothes, shoes, purses, accessories and hair products. I tend not to hunt for the bargain either. If I like it, I buy it regardless of price. Thanks goodness the bug only lasts a couple or three days at a time and on the norm, I couldn’t be bothered.
But as I assess the merchandise I am drawn to during these times I realize they are all items that improve my exterior appearance. The surface I show to the world. Clothes that accentuate my good features and hide the flaws. Shoes to draw attention to my small ankles and show off my pretty manicured toes. Purses that compliment and make a statement. Accessories that adorn and complete the look with a touch of shimmer. Hair products to maintain and create the perfect raven coif.
While all of these things in and of themselves are not bad, and it is perfectly okay to look nice, I realize just how vain most of my purchases are; how much these items focus on the self and have little to do with others. It’s pride that drives me to present a certain image or version of myself, as if to bless those around me with my presence. Self-importance and narcissism prevail and they get the better of who I truly am.
When I look at the humbling passage of scripture found in Colossians 3:12-14, I regain my perspective and realize there is a spiritual wardrobe that is so much more beautiful than all the external adornments my money could ever buy. It says this,
“…dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it!” (The Message)
This is a wardrobe of far greater worth than any piece of clothing or accessory I could buy at a store or on-line. This wardrobe is timeless and eternal as opposed to the temporary nature of the material items I spend my money on only to be eventually discarded. This is a wardrobe that truly blesses those in my life and with all whom I come into contact with.
So, I shall strive to first put on the wardrobe God has chosen for me, as outlined in His Word, before I doll up for another day. I will work to keep this directive in plain sight so that it does not get buried in the closets and drawers of my life. I will try hard to remember, the next time the shopping bug hits, that my true beauty lies in Christ and not in the fancy worldly fixings I find at the mall.