It’s awards season. The nominees have been announced. They’ll get all fancied up. For the event. They’ll spend hours primping and priming and tucking and sleeking. Hair is done. Makeup is done. Nails are done. Nothing is left undone. They must look their best. The world will be watching. Mostly from afar.
They’ve fasted. They’ve dieted. They’ve cleansed. They’re as thin as they’re going to be. For that night.
They’ve been offered the best of the best among the dresses. The jewelry. The shoes. They must choose the attire they think will outshine everyone else. For everyone else will be looking. They will all be looking. Hoping to win the best dressed award. Which really isn’t an award. It’s an opinion. But opinions do matter. Especially on this night.
I’ve watched the red carpet events for years. Oh. Not the actual awards shows. But the shows as the gowns are being paraded down the red carpet. The women pose. First to the front with hand on hip. Then flip out the leg if the slit is high enough. And it is usually high enough. Turn around to show off the back of the dress. If the dress has a back. Smile your brightest whitest smile.
They’re all waiting for the question. The one question. It’s a big question. It’s asked at every event. Supposedly made famous by Joan Rivers. Who are you wearing? That’s the question. Oh. It’s important. It’s very important to give the designer’s name. The name of the person who created the dress. You see. If someone rich and famous wears that designer’s clothes, then it’s assumed the rest of us will want to wear them. Or knockoffs. Whatever fits the budget. Oh. It’s a serious thing. It’s a money maker.
But woe is the designer whose dress makes the worst dressed list. As one show says. One day you’re in. The next day you’re out. All because of other people’s opinions.
One particular event. Every woman wore black. They were making a statement. They were taking names. They were sharing a message. With the color of their dress. That event wasn’t so much about who they were wearing. But it was about the color they were wearing. Or weren’t wearing. Fighting for a cause of their choice. Daring others to join in or be called out.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
The way I see it. I have a choice every day. Every single day. Which designer will I wear? There are two designers to choose from. Some may think two isn’t much of a selection. Frankly. One is all we need. But we have a choice. There’s an obvious difference in their designs. In their taste level. In their purpose. And the choice makes a huge difference. In everything. One designer is the master creator. The other is the master deceiver.
The master creator clothes us with truth. Honor. Respect. Purity. Love. Grace. And the price for all this. You ask. There is no cost. For us. He paid a great price. He gave his only son so we could be clothed in forgiveness.