As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. –Colossians 3:12
Former NFL star, Michael Strahan, is everywhere! He co-anchors ABC’s Good Morning America; co-hosts ABC’s Strahan and Sara; is an analyst on Fox NFL Sunday during football season; and recently has hosted The 100,000 Pyramid game show.
None of his ventures, however, matter as much to me as the clothing line he launched in 2015 through J.C. Penney. The Collection by Michael Strahan is called ‘stylish and affordable’. When I discovered the dress shirts of this line, I was thrilled! Being 6’3” tall, I get weary of shirt tails lifting out of my pants. Michael Strahan is 6’5” tall; he shares my concern. Among the best features of his J.C. Penney dress shirts are the many choices in ‘Big and Tall’. The tails of these shirts have extra length; tuck in nicely; and never slide up and out! Though they’re priced at $70, on the internet I watch for sales. When one of these shirts in my size, 16.5 neck; 36-37 sleeve length, drops to $13.50, I snap it up with free delivery by pick up at the Robinson Township store (which hopefully never closes!).
I wore a Michael Strahan dress shirt to my high school reunion last summer. When not wearing the standard black clergy shirt, Michael Strahan’s ‘Spread Collar-Long Sleeve-Wrinkle Free-Stretch-Big and Tall-100% Cotton shirt is my first choice for a night out with Barbara. I’m built for these shirts and happy to have them!
At this point, some of you may be thinking, “Pastor, your affection for these shirts is unusual and nonsensical for a church newsletter! Share a nugget of spiritual wisdom, not fashion advice!” I agree. So here is a nugget: Oftentimes we dwell in the shallows of fashion rather than in the deep life of the Spirit. We hide in cosmetics rather than live with authenticity (which means being truthful about who we are and what’s needed in our lives). Colossians 3:12, the Bible verse appearing at the top of this page, reveals who we are: We are God’s chosen ones, holy and loved. The verse teaches how we’re to dress each day. No mention is made of the Collection by Michael Strahan or any line of material clothing. Instead, we’re taught to wear spiritual clothing! We’ve
been made for spiritual clothing. As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, let’s dress in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
What change would occur in our marriages, relationships, families, and our inner beings, if we began clothing ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience? This clothing line is not only affordable, it’s free—a gift from Jesus who dressed in this clothing all the time! We need to focus on wearing the clothes of Christ more than celebrity brands. What’s needed for the shallowness of our lives is a shared decision to opt for the greater depth, direction, purpose, and hope provided to us from God. Peace comes from Christ and always can be felt in the fabrics of his clothing line.
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Doug Heagy