Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. “Col. 3:12

Heavenly Father, before we head out for the day, nothing is more “automatic” than to check ourselves out in a mirror, make sure we’re dressed appropriately, and get going.

If we’re in a big hurry, mirror-time may be a mere glance, but getting dressed is not optional. Oh, that this single verse would become just as daily of a rhythm for us.

When we look at the mirror of the Gospel, we’ll never see “bad-hair-day,” “dark-eye-circle-day,” or, “I’m-rockin’-it-day.” We’ll see, “chosen by your Father, holy, and dearly loved.” Hallelujah, these three things define us more than anything we’ll ever see in a well-lighted piece of mirrored glass.

We’re “chosen,” not choice—which means you wanted us, and made us yours through the work of Jesus. We’re “holy”—set apart by grace, for a life of grace and becoming like Jesus. We’re “dearly loved,”—more so than we’ve yet to realize, experience, or consistently believe.

Accordingly—no matter the temperature, moisture factor, humidity, or activity of the day, our daily clothing choices should always include “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” As we start this new week, may these “grace-garments” be our most obvious attire, to those among whom we work, live, and play. Always in style, always needed, always freely ours in Jesus—thank you Father, we pray, in Jesus’ name.