by Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” Colossians 3:12-14 (MSG)

God’s wardrobe isn’t complete without the beautiful accessories of humility, quiet strength and discipline that we need to wear every day.  These character qualities can all be summed up with the next verse: “Be even-tempered, content with second place….” 

Talk about a counter-cultural fashion statement.  The loudest voices in our culture say, “Be first! Look out for yourself! Be noticed!”  Really, we’re never more beautiful than when we lift others up and make them feel beautiful.  As Rick Warren says, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.”

True beauty starts with focusing on others. Not on our hair, clothes, or abs, but on others.  And, as much as we might like to sometimes, we can’t skip over the people we live with – parents, children, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives. They are where the rubber meets the road as far as beautiful actions are concerned.  When we accessorize our acts of kindness with humility, people will know that they are genuine with no hidden motive.  That kind of humility reveals a quiet strength that is attractive, never forceful. It displays the unforced rhythms of grace and reveals the beauty of Christ’s reflection in all we do and say.

None of these qualities come easily or automatically.  They are learned through discipline as we spend time alone in God’s presence.  That’s the value of seeking God in solitude.  His nature becomes ours.  And, before you know it, we are reflecting the beauty of Christ!

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