While clothes are a necessity, they can also make a statement. A statement of who we want to be?
Do I want to be be stylish? Sporty? A rebel? Meticulous? Casual? Look like a professional golfer? Win the ugly Christmas sweater contest?
Clothes make the person, asserts one saying that has its roots in ancient Greece.
Then I read the December 7th entry on my Amish perpetual calendar.
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. (Janet Lane)
And this is truer yet, isn’t it? While our clothes might be the first thing we notice about a person, it doesn’t take long for our eyes to move to the individual’s face and note what is there, and that tells us so much more.
Our clothes often show what we want to be, but our expressions reveal who we are.
Bored? Angry? Frustrated? Happy? Contented? Amused?
This Christmas, as you dress up in your holiday wear, take special note of what expression your face is wearing, and remember, a sincere smile might be the nicest gift some person receives this year.
1 Peter 3:3-4: Do not let your adorning be external — but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart . . . .
And that hidden person is often revealed through our expressions.