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Good Morning September 6

What is trendy for this Fall? Many people follow the trends, or what is currently popular in dress or other areas. Trends even go down to such things as furniture styles, or even the color of kitchen cabinets. People want what is current, and advertisers see that they are well informed about trends. The problem is that trends are short lived. What is “in” this year is “out” next year – if not sooner. This adds both pressure and expense to life.  More that this it is allowing the world to govern us from the outside, while our Lord seeks to guide us from the inside, from lasting values in the heart. It is why Jesus taught the people in the great Sermon on the Mount, not to worry about what you wear or the other superficial things of life, but “seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness,” all the necessary thing will be added as well.(Matthew 6:33) To be neat and presentable is fine, and to have a comfortable home is very nice. These are fine desires that most of us hold, but they are not to control us. There are much more valuable things in life than the latest trend.

Good Morning August 22

I admit I know nothing about fashion.  I thumbed through a fashion magazine yesterday, but certain impressions seem fairly obvious. I will never understand why people pay lots of money to by a pair of faded jeens that already come with ripped knees and torn cuffs. Fashion? But more interesting were the several dozen models, men and women, in expensive clothes in sophisticated settings. Not one of them had a smile on their face. Smug, yes. Look at me, this is what you need to stand out, yes. But certainly not happy.  When God created mankind He placed him in the midst of a garden with all the good thing one could want. Especially a perfect and open relationship with one another, and with their God. That was the key to real happiness. But somehow we wanted more, and chose to rebel from our Lord. We may think we have gained a lot of things, but true happiness was not among them. It is time to consider again from where our source of real happiness comes.

Good Morning October 12

One of the pieces of junk mail that came recently was a catalog for teen fashions. Boy did they miss the mark in his household! Nonetheless, I scanned through it. One of the things that struck me were the faces of all the models, mostly girls, a few boys, all sullen, and not a smile among them. I know part of this is the fashion industry ethos. You don’t see smiles on the faces of most fashion model advertising. These faces convey several things to me. Sometimes a sense of arrogance and pride of superiority. Other times a sense of the “whatever” attitude of the uselessness of life. I know these are only fashion presentations, but do they convey something of the attitude of our times? These are so opposite of the Good News we have to proclaim from our Lord. Life is not easy, but we have a joy in Jesus that transcends circumstances, and that conveys itself to the attitude we express on our faces.

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Good Morning July 13

Fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry today. Each seasons new styles are advertised, and stores begin showing seasonal clothes months before a season begins. The business motto is “dress for success”. We all like to look nice, but it is not the outward appearance that is ultimately important. Paul writes, “clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ”(Romans 13:14), and Peter says that real beauty is “the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.”(I Pt.3:4) We all tend to judge people by outward appearances, and we want to make a good impression ourselves, but we are reminded over and over that that is not what is important to the Lord. It is the “hidden person of the heart” that can only be formed by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. As we seek to stay close to Him, it is He that people see and not ourselves. That is the greatest beauty of all.

Good Morning – Aug 16

One of the pieces of junk mail that came this past week was a catalog for teen fashions. Boy did they miss the mark in this household! Nonetheless, I scanned through it. One of the things that struck me was the faces of all the models, mostly girls, a few boys, all sullen, and not a smile among them. I know part of this is the fashion industry ethos. You don’t see smiles on the faces of models on NY fashion runways. These faces convey to me several things. Sometimes a sense of arrogance and pride of superiority. Other times a sense of the “whatever” attitude of the uselessness of life. I know these are only fashion presentations, but do they convey something of the attitude of our times? These are so opposite of the Good News we have to proclaim. Life is not easy, but we have a joy in Jesus that transcends circumstances, and that conveys itself to the attitude we express on our faces.