When I was growing up, I hated the times I had to go and buy a suit.  We could only go to certain stores, because we had to shop at one that had a portly or stout section.  It was always a pain and more than a little embarrassing.  Through my 60 years on this earth, I’ve learned to have multiple sets of clothing. 

Fortunately, I haven’t had to buy from the Big and Tall section in a while.  Of course, I’ve never had to buy from the Tall section, only the Big!

I only “hunger” for clothes when I’m hungering for food – that is, on a diet.  When I’m down a few pounds, I love to buy clothes. When I’m up a few pounds, I buy them only out of necessity.

But what about those times when we just must have a new tie, scarf, pair of shoes?  Wouldn’t we look wonderful in THAT color?

Or, have you ever heard yourself say, or think – Oh My God, does she think she looks good in that outfit.  Or maybe, he really ought to dress more like someone of his age…

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

Maybe, during this season, we might consider not only giving our old, worn-out clothes to the needy, but what about something we really like.  Maybe a couple of warm coats to a homeless shelter.

And remember, we may look on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.

Charles Staples