Thought for the Day – Mark Twain on Clothing

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”– Mark Twain

Earlier this week my wife and a few of her friends enjoyed an evening together at a fashion party, each dressing according to their “beauty type.” The theory, as my wife explains it, is that certain colors, textures and cuts are more flattering on one personality type than another. Apparently, according to this fashion system, there are four distinct personality types and corresponding ways to dress in order to amplify a woman’s beauty. As a guy, I don’t particularly get all of this. My fashion sense is limited to selecting the right color of socks—or to just get close enough. Along with Twain’s old adage, her party did remind me, however, that each of us are to put on clothes of a different kind. “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” (1 Peter 5:5) The clothing of humility makes one more attractive regardless of gender or personality type, as anyone who’s spent any time in the presence of an arrogant person will attest. And, like my earthly clothes, it’s something I need to remember to put on every day. If I venture out without those clothes on, I’m sure to have little or no influence on society.

Your thoughts? Is there some wardrobe of humility that God might want you to be putting on today?

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