I was chatting with a guy one time who told me how burdened he was with deciding what to wear to church on Sundays. It was causing him quite a bit of anxiety. It struck me that anxiety over this is needless. It shouldn’t matter what one wears.
I decided to do an experiment. I would wear the exact same outfit every Sunday until someone made a comment. I wore the same purple shirt, argyle sweater, & dress pants each week.
I started last November and it took until just now in May –seven months later –before anyone mentioned it.
This could mean one of three things.
- People don’t care what you wear.
- People are nice and don’t say what they’re thinking.
- I do so many odd things that no one notices anymore.
Regardless, this seems like a good occasion to remember these words of Jesus:
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:28-34 (NIV)
Oh, and by the way, I don’t care what you wear — as long as it’s modest!