Getting Dressed

When I get ready in the mornings, I’m usually in a rush and throwing everything together last minute.  There’s no real thought to my makeup or hair routine, and I’m usually finding clothes that are 1)clean and 2)not too wrinkled.  It never fails that I’m still running late.  I don’t know how many times I’ve left and realized I forgot to put mascara on, or I have a huge deoderant stain on the side of my shirt.  Once I even left with my house shoes on!  When I get dressed for work, I am just not picky about how I look.  I know I should be, but it’s hard when my getting ready is the only thing that I can control.  Getting two kids ready is a whole other story.  One wants to dance around or do flips instead of brushing his teeth while the other one keeps flipping over while I try to change her diaper and always thinks it’s funny to close her mouth tightly when it’s time to brush her teeth.  I never know how long it will take.

Going on a date, though, is a whole different routine.  Where I can get ready in 15 minutes for work, I take an hour or more to get ready for a date.  I spend a lot of time paying attention to detail while carefully brushing on my makeup.  I want it to look flawless.  My hair especially takes long as I straighten each section until it looks perfect, and then I try to think about how my husband would like to see it fixed, and I work for however long it takes to get it just right.  I have probably spent days deciding on the absolute perfect outfit.  You know what I mean.  It’s the one that I know he would love to see me in.  Even if it’s not the most comfortable thing, I make sure to wear it because he likes it.

Does this sound familiar?  Are you rushing to get dressed so you aren’t late to school or work and then spend an extra long time getting ready for a date?  I’m pretty sure it’s typical for most girls regardless the age.  We want to look good for the guy we’re trying to impress. 

Recently I thought to myself, “What if we spent time thinking about Jesus when we get ourselves ready?”  Stay with me here because I know it might seem kind of strange.  How would you look if you were dressing for Jesus?  Would you spend more or less time making yourself perfect?  Would he think that special outfit is special, or would he prefer something that you’re more comfortable in?  The cool thing about Jesus is that you could go out in sweats and a pony tail for all he cares.  You’re beautiful without all the extra stuff.  Just let the extra stuff be for fun.  I love my makeup and jewelry just as much as the next person, if not more, but it’s so much stress to use it to please others.  Put it on for Jesus, and have fun with it!  No stress attached!

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