Thursday, May 17, 2012

Looking Good

Last Saturday my family had the fortune of celebrating my sister-in-law’s wedding. One of my jobs was to get John Curtis in his tuxedo. We weren’t quite sure how he’d take to wearing a tux so we’d been talking up the occasion. We’d explained how the whole family had special clothes picked out for that day. We highlighted the fact that his tux was extra special because only he and the groom had a white vest. Apparently, all the build-up worked. By Saturday morning, John Curtis was itching to get into his tuxedo. He asked about every part of his ensemble. Why are the shoes so shiny? Why do the pants have these stripes? Why do we have to wear cufflinks? I just kept telling him that these are things that help make these clothes special for this special day. When we finally got him all dressed, John Curtis looked in the mirror and with an unpolluted kind of pride said, “I look good, Dad, don’t I?”

He did. In fact, the whole day looked good. Everyone looked striking in their wedding clothes. The decorations underlined the care that had gone into this day. Lindsey and Brian made for an exceptionally beautiful couple. The gardens where the wedding took place highlighted the fact that we serve a God who delights in beauty, who, like John Curtis, can look down upon what he has made and declare it not only good, but very good.

The beauty of that day extended well beyond the appearance of things. Family and friends gathered to celebrate two people who have committed their lives to God’s work and were now committing to serve God together as husband and wife. From God’s word, we were reminded that for the Christian, every day is worthy of special clothes, because every day is a gift from God. Oh, we don’t have to put on a tuxedo each morning, but we are encouraged as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” and “over all these virtues [to] put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:12, 14).

When we get dressed up in such things, we can also look in the mirror and say, “I look good, Dad, don’t I?” And our Father in heaven smiles and says, “Yes, you do. You look very good.”
“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the peace of God will be with you” – Philippians 4:8-9.

1 comment:

Debbie Mendrop said...

Beautiful words. You both looked pretty good. Thanks for doing a beautiful ceremony. I heard lots of comments about your message. I am so thankful for you.