Do you put on love?

May 18, 2016

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Tabitha Dumas
Do you put on love?

I’ve always loved to look pretty. My mom reports that as a preschooler, I insisted on wearing dresses to school every day. I was girlie, very comfortable in sparkly jewelry and fancy hair bows. Twirling was a favorite pastime. I still remember favorite outfits, jewelry and hair styles from my grade school days.

At 38, I’ve perfected “getting dressed,” from my low-maintenance short hairstyle style to the perfect shade of teal nail polish on my toes. I have enough clothes and accessories to fill a boutique.

I love putting outfits together and part of my job as a Christian Image Consultant is helping other women elevate their image and enjoy getting dressed every day.

One of my favorite concepts to teach is “The 16-Point Accessory Rule.” (read more and get the check-list here) You get a point for things like each earring, wearing makeup and every bracelet or ring you’re wearing. The most put-together women tend to get this right and if you’re feeling plain or boring, you probably need to add a necklace or a scarf to your ensemble.

I recently attended a networking meeting and counted up my number afterward…16. I do it instinctively now.

Several months ago, I was about to sit down to talk to God about some matters related to my image consulting business when “Colossians 3” popped into my head. I eagerly opened my Bible and laughed out loud at what I found.

“12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14

I had to ask myself, “With as much time and attention as I commit to my appearance, how often do I put on love every day?”

I never put my makeup on without my primer. I always remember my under garments and my hair serum. I rarely leave the house without earrings. But what about love?

Do I put on love before I take the kids to school? Do I put on love for a girls’ night out? Do I put on love when I leave to teach a class at church? Do I put on love before making a tough decision?

What did you put on today?

Wide-leg jeans or shorts? A cute top? A pretty necklace, fun shoes, maybe some lip gloss?

But did you clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience? Did you put on love?

I’m trying to get into the habit of checking myself before I leave the house every day, just like I check the mirror.

“Is my hair in place? Are my bra straps out of sight? Did I put on love today?”

I’m hoping that before too long, it will be instinctive, just like my jewelry and makeup.

And I’m fairly certain LOVE is the prettiest thing I can put on.

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