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Topic: Clothes (11/02/12)
TITLE: Our Birth Suit
By Lady-Jessica Rapalo
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As a child, I was the biggest tomboy on my street. I loved playing in the ditches with the boys that were catching frogs and snakes. My mother found it rather ironic that I acted more like a little boy with my first name being,Lady. I have to admit, that is why I always went by my middle name instead. Clearly, I was never dressed to impress.
My clothes and I did not grow into my first name until I got out of high school. Slowly towards the end of my teenage years, I became rather fond of dressing like a woman. When I began working in an office and there was no option, I quickly found a strong passion for skirts and heels. I enjoyed dressing up for work, but still had the preference for cut-off jeans and t-shirts. I grew to have an appreciation for dressy clothes, but it was never a main concern for me.
I could never really understand how some of my dearest friends felt like their clothes were what formed their significance. It was almost like their clothes defined who they were inside. They would never even think of coming with me to the thrift store to see what deals I could find around town. I became aware that the friends I had that based their identity on their appearance were always the ones that were depressed all the time. Ironically they had great parents, beautiful facial features, amazing hair and complexion, and perfect bodies.
The truth is that the best outfit anyone could put on every day is the full armor of God. Recognizing that God has covered me with His armor allows me to define my clothes rather than entertaining the thought of clothes defining me. The full armor of God is the outfit that attracts people to you simply because God is able to shine his light through you to the rest of the world.
One thing that I had not been aware of is that I was clothed with this outfit before I was even put into my motherís womb. What would be amazing is for each and every person on this planet to come to the realization God has placed this outfit on each and every one of us before we were born.
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