Dressing in Delight: Changing our Outlook on Life
Numbers 6:25Â The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;Â 26The LORDÂ liftÂ up His countenanceÂ on you, And giveÂ you peace.’Â
Playing dress up was not on my agenda yesterday. I have been battling a cold that is moving in and picking out curtains. To say I was miserable yesterday is an understatement . . . I was even second guessing going out on the planned date with my husband.
But, grandparents arrived to watch the kids and I prepared to leave, such as I am. . . enter Natalie. “Can I pick out your dress?” Dress . . . I was doing well to get out of the house in jeans and a nicer shirt. But, sigh, who can resist a pretty little redhead with big brown eyes who just got to be her daddy’s princess at the Father-Daughter Dance. So dress up it is.
A funny thing happened when I put on the dress. I perked up. I laughed and was more in the mood to go out. Not even daddy escaped the wardrobe fairy. He was transformed into dress pants, my favorite of his blue shirts and a tie put it all together. We even took a picture, just as she and he did for their dance. All because a little girl expected elegance for ourÂ date.
There is something about putting on a different attitude in the circumstances we are in that can help change the course and pattern of our lives.Â When we put on grace, forgiveness, or gratitude that can replace the rags of depression, hatred, and unforgiveness. It doesn’t just happen. We must grab those downward spiraling thoughts and pull them back up out of the pit. Sometimes we need someone to come in and say, ‘You aren’t going out dressed like that!’
Make a date this week and then dress, not based on feelings, but on the event planned for.
Some suggestions that perk me up:
- A hikeÂ in the woods
- Out with your spouse
- Coffee with a friend
- Trampoline with kids (impossible not to giggle)
- A local band
- Art class
- Surprise me
I would love to hear how your date went. What did you talk about? Where did you go? What was your favorite moment? Did you find your countenance improved?
I am a quadriplegic so I can’t do any of the physical things like taking a walk or jumping on a trampoline, but my friend Neil has been coming to visit every Saturday and we are reading To Kill a Mockingbird together. What an honor to have a “date” with Neil each week. Thank you for your suggestion.
Just picked up To Kill a Mockingbird! What a unique coincidence. We will have to share insights.
Books, and special visitors are great examples of dressing in delight!