Clothes and Speaking the truth in love


Some of you may request my man card for admitting this, but I love clothes. ties

I blame my dad. He taught me to dress well and to try and look your best.

I wore a suit and tie to church from the 1960’s through the 1990’s.

I have been through the 3 piece suits, leisure suites, disco, the business suit with the power tie, to the business causal of today (sans tie).

Like my dad, I have a hard time throwing away clothes. My dad refused to throw away a tie because he said eventually it would come back in style. He was right. I kept his old ties and added my own to the collection.

Recently, I looked inside my closest and realized I had a problem. It was overcrowded with things that I had not worn in years and might not ever wear again.

I knew I needed someone I trusted to help me with this project and I asked my son, Andrew, for his assistance. He agreed to help but encouraged me to sort through my closet before he came over.

Andrew encouraged me to find clothes that were still functional and to give them away to someone who could actually use them and I did. I would encourage you to do the same!

I have to admit I felt pretty good when he showed up to examine my closet. Then I pulled out what I had kept. It was still a lot. I asked Andrew what he thought of what I had saved. He paused thoughtfully for a moment before he spoke.

Then Andrew pointed out that my hair and beard had gone gray and the browns, orange, and green tones I had worn for years made me look washed out. I was now better served by dark colors near my face.

Admittedly, it was kind of hard to hear. It took courage on his part to tell me a truth that I did not want to hear. But it was also liberating.

So I parted with a lot more clothes, including a neon green plaid shirt that was one of my favorites. A shirt that my wife hated with a passion.

This morning I looked at a closest full of clothes that fit me, look good and serve multiple functions. I see the space now empty and know that the clothes I gave away are a blessing to someone else.

And when I look at the closet I am reminded of the blessing it is to receive the truth in love.

Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Thought for the day: What kind of a person does it take to speak the truth in love? Can I be that person today?


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