Cleaning Out My Closet
Working for a retail company has taught me a lot about fashion. For instance, it's OK to mix stripes and floral patterns. White jeans are allowed after Labor Day. And, most importantly, everyone needs a nice pair of sunglasses.
Learning so much about the fashion industry has piqued my interest in my own sense of style — from what looks best on me to taking risks with a new color choice.
In the midst of all this learning, I stumbled upon a new concept called capsule wardrobing.
"Capsule wardrobe" is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called Wardrobe in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. The philosophy is to only purchase quality items that you'll wear over and again and whittle your closet down to your most-loved pieces.
What does creating a capsule wardrobe have to do with the Lord?
At its core, the capsule wardrobe promotes a minimalistic lifestyle. There's no need to have five pair of black pants or six of the same shirt. I have total confidence you can survive with only one or two of each.
God is the same. He whittled down His precious gospel to a few simple ideas:
"Love me—and don't forget about your neighbor."
"Set Sunday apart from the rest of the week. Make it special and express your thanksgiving."
"Help those in need, and forgive the ones who've hurt you."
This list obviously isn't comprehensive, but you get the idea. The Lord didn't want to complicate things; He wanted to ensure we got the message—a message that is timeless and true.
Sometimes I stand in front of my closet with the craziest thought: "I don't have anything to wear." (This, of course, is absolutely ridiculous as I have more clothes than I could ever need.) But, I believe, in reality my brain is just overloaded with possibilities—does this shirt match these pants? Can I wear that dress to the birthday dinner? I simply have too much, and my focus is cloudy.
The simpler my closet continues to become, the easier it is for me to pick out what I'd like to wear each morning. A novel concept, I know.
Isn't it this way with the Lord? Too many distractions and we lose sight of our spiritual goal—the mansion awaiting us. If we get rid of a few things, we're bound to realign to His straight and narrow path.
Take some time to go through your own closet—naturally and spiritually. Donate a few items to Goodwill in the process. You're bound to feel some weight lifted — and less laundry to fold!
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.