This past week of 7 was eighty billion times easier than the last week. This week's focus was clothes. The challenge? Only wear seven articles of clothing, all week. This didn't include underclothes, workout clothes, or shoes. Only two pairs of shoes, and no accessories, other than a watch, which is pretty much a necessity for me. My wardrobe for the week consisted of two pairs of scrub pants, two Target tees, a pair of khaki shorts, a t-shirt, and a dress. This was pretty easy since I basically wear the same thing to work every day, didn't do much after work, and didn't really have weekend plans. I'm sure had this challenge fallen during some down time where I had a lot of fun plans it would've been much more difficult.
One of the things I thought about this week was how much time we spend on appearances. And by "we," I most definitely mean "I." I spend so much time every day making sure I look okay. Almost without fail, I will take a shower, do something to my hair, and put on some make-up before I go to work. And if I'm going out to dinner with friends, I'll take a little extra time to make sure I look okay and have a cute outfit on, and probably some accessories to match. But how much time do I spend making sure what is on the inside, what the Lord sees, is as acceptable as what is on the outside?
"...The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7
Honestly? I don't spend nearly enough time working on the "inside," and don't even want to compare it to the time I spend working on the "outside." This is definitely an area I need to work on.
I finished a DIY project this week that hangs on my closet door. I need a daily reminder that just as intentionally as I pull an outfit out of my closet to "clothe myself with" for the day, I have to just as intentionally clothe myself with things that are so much more important: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."