A paper detailing what is acceptable and unacceptable work attire hangs on the bulletin board in our lunchroom at work. On one hand, it’s hilarious that they have to state that flip flops and lounge pants are not proper work attire. At the same time, it’s a bit frightening because this means someone has shown up to work wearing those things before.
The last piece of advice on the dress code page is the statement: “If in doubt, don’t wear it out.”
Just last week, I debated about wearing my bustier and ultra-short mini skirt. Good thing that reminder was there, or I might have worn it anyway.
Sometimes I have doubts about my life. Not what I wear to work – my conservative dress ensures that I’m not eyed like chocolate cake at a salad bar. I’m like cucumbers; unless you’re looking for me, I blend in with my surroundings. Still, there are times I wonder: Can I grow beyond my faults? Am I using my life to honor God?
Using the wisdom of our dress code policy, if in doubt, I should change from the inside out.
My doubt is not unlike the rich ruler (Luke 18:18-30). He asked Jesus how he could have eternal life. The ruler knew the commandments, but he must have doubted that was enough or he wouldn’t have asked Jesus the question in the first place. When Jesus suggested the ruler give his material things away and follow Him, the man was sad. He didn’t think he could do it.
“What is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27).
Jesus’ response also applies to my own doubts. Maybe I can’t move past my faults on my own, but with Jesus’ help, I can. Jesus can guide my life so that it honors him, even if I don’t have the strength to steer myself.
Do you have doubts about choices or your life’s direction? How do you move past doubt? Have you ever worn a bustier to work? (I had to ask…)