Monday, January 14, 2013

Wear Your Courage on Your Sleeve?

It has been said that some people wear their emotions on their sleeve, right? Okay, so a few of us around here are like that. It seems everywhere you look, whether it's big box stores or online there are more and more graphic tees popping up.

Rock bands, vacation spots, and sports teams all grace most of our closets, but what about your personal belief system? Do you really share that with others? You should, and if you aren't then it's time for you to get real, and get courageous!

Getting Real About What You Believe and What You Love! 

What if I told you that I just saw two or three graphic tees as I got out of my car and walked into my office? Would you be surprised or would you be shocked?

I for one  usually don't wear them, but because I believe in this organization, we are offering our apparel and accessories to share with others. It's important that people don't just hear you, but that they can see what you stand for without struggling to find it.

Let me share a story with you.....

Several years ago, I was walking through a Christian bookstore, and I saw a t-shirt that said, "Make war on the floor", and it referenced this scripture that mentions, "pray without ceasing". I Thessalonians 5:17.

As I took it off the hanger, and I looked at the picture of the man on the flloor praying with his face down to the floor and talking with God, it occurred to me that this picture hit me  harder about my prayer life and sharing my faith with others.

NOT JUST OTHERS, but those that are Christians too. It''s all about sharing your life, encouraging others, and sharing with people how to lead a more fruitful life.

So, it was just washed, and out of the laundry and onto my body the t-shirt went! I was making a trip to the grocery store, and ran into a man I went to church with. He saw the shirt, and said, "Wow, just wow".

Ah, it hit him like a ton of bricks. He stopped and said, "That t-shirt is so powerful, and this is something that God has been speaking to me about, and now I understand." Not really knowing what in the world he was talking about, he then shared with me that he had been struggling in his prayer life, and that he felt his prayers were hitting the ceiling.

It was this message, along with the image of the man on the floor praying that got his attention. It's the whole package, NOT just the words, and NOT just the image alone. This is about how both work together, and it's no surprise that he was so overcome with emotion over what he was struggling with in his life.

Isn't prayer our direct line to God?

If anything, you may not believe that apparel changes anything, but it can send a very strong message. Remember, you can be the only message people ever get to see or hear. As it has been said, "Wear it proud and wear it loud!"


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