This past Sunday when I arrived to work I was welcomed with freshly baked “thank you” brownies at the door from an 11 yr old covered in batter, a kitchen dance party of pre- teens hitting the “quan,” sick and overworked staff in the living room, and down the hall was the sweetest of metaphors from my little 7 year old anxiously waiting my afternoon arrival to share what she learned at church.
“It’s beginning to get colder Miss Sarah which means you have to dress warmer these days. The bible says we need to dress ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love. Especially love, its the very most important”
She’s right yall. The leaves are falling and so are the temps. Cold fronts are closing in but that’s no reason to let our hearts do the same. Holiday season is on deck. Ready and waiting. As you’re pulling out your fall sweaters and winter coats don’t forget the ultimate invitation to “suite up” this season and every season.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience and over all of these things put on love which binds these things together” – Colossians 3:12
To wear compassion – to supply beyond the need. To chase the hard-hearted. To act on empathy. To put down your phone, to pick up your Cross. To be present.
To wear Kindness – to see the good deep down, to make no assumptions. To wear joy abundantly. To offer grace over and over again. To include, to invite, to notice the outsider and the far-out. To love just because.
To wear Humility – To bend low and bow often. To be small and ever-thankful. To credit the Glory where its due and let your name fade. To always point Up.
To wear Gentleness – To listen a long while, to stay slow to speak. To practice tenderness. To comfort and come close and let in.
To wear patience – to trust in the follow through of His promises. To move slow when He says so. To wait while He creates. To never see slowness as inactivity. To sit at His feet. To be still and know.
To bind with Love – to hand out hugs, authentic how are you’s, and second chances. To layer up and always wear Love – the stretched out, over extended, spread wide kind that holds everything together.