Ellie marched out wearing lace-trimmed fuchsia tights, a rhinestone-encrusted skirt, and a turquoise and purple plaid jacket topped with a green puffy vest.
“Baby, that is an outfit.”
She shrugged her shoulders. “Yeah, I guess. It’s just … well, it needs more beauty. It needs some snap … some BOOM! It needs more COLOR, Mom!”
Part of me wants to tuck her back in her room until she can find something more appropriate to wear to third grade, but perhaps my definition of “appropriate” needs a little work. She’s not dressed immodestly or suggestive in any way. It’s a just a little … wild. Maybe a little too much “BOOM” for me.
When did I become so conservative?! Am I not the same chick who dyed her hair purple in college and then later streaked it bright red — with Kool-Aid, no less? My mama was quite perturbed, to say the least. I shopped thrift stores not for the deals, but to snag retro clothing and mismatched sneaks. I wore ’70s bridesmaid gowns to class just because I thought they were cool.
Hmmm … I wonder if I still have those. Those WERE cool!
And that’s when the other part of me simply smiles, gratefully grabs my daughter’s hand and walks her to school. After we add a glittery barrette to her untamed curly hair.
Eugene Petersen paraphrased Ecclesiastes 9:7–10 like this:
Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
Dress festively every morning.
Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it,For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think
In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.
So often we live our lives safely, calmly, in ways that won’t make any waves. But what if those waves were created for our pleasure? Will we fail to seize them simply because we want to be “appropriate?” God hasn’t called us to be safe.
Yeah, I know I’m only talking about clothing and taking chances and enjoying life, but God gave us this life. I believe He wants us to enjoy it to the full. As this Scripture says, He delights in our delight.
Don’t you remember David dancing wildly in the streets all to the glory of God? I want that type of uninhibited faith, the kind that courageously celebrates God in all I do.
And who knows? Maybe a little adventure in wardrobe is enough to propel someone into a truly great God-ordained adventure. Now, wouldn’t that make a great boom?
Your Turn: How you do you add beauty and “snap” to your day in such a way that your pleasure increases and God is glorified?