Our clothing tells those we meet more about us than anything else we put on our bodies. More than makeup. More than cologne. More than hair gel. Even strangers we briefly encounter and will never meet again receive a message from the clothing that we adorn.
This is especially true when it comes to the everyday, relaxed clothing that we wear; the kind that we just haphazardly pull out of the laundry basket or drawer, then rapidly throw on.
Everyday tee shirts that have a message printed on them definitely make a first impression on those we meet because they specifically express our thoughts in words and symbols. Most of these shirts have accumulated through the years. They were once important to us. We bought them because they made a statement with which we proudly agreed, or maybe they illustrated a particular lifestyle in which we indulged. Some of these shirts were given to us because we were involved in a charity or worthwhile event.
Through the years, these shirts were demoted from the “let’s impress someone” and the “let’s make a statement” wardrobe to the “let’s just be comfortable” drawer. Yet, these tees still tell those we meet much about us. They say that the message emblazoned across our chest is still important to us. We have not discarded them, because the advertised slogan, lifestyle or event has become so much a part of our everyday lives, that we enjoy comfortably, openly proclaiming our approval of the printed message without so much as a second thought.
Do you want to know who you are?
Sometime, go through your everyday tee shirt laundry basket. What do you see? Save the whales? Drink more beer? Run for a cure? Live for Christ? Party until you can’t? Go Cats? Roll Tide? Sexually express yourself? Curse the world? Feed the poor?
If we haven’t recently taken inventory of those old messengers, the communication that the world reads on our chest may be totally different than that which we believe we are relaying.
“9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Col. 3:9-13 ESV) (Note: To “put on” means to “clothe one’s self”)
Do you wish to follow us