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    by Susan McGrath

Comfort vs. Fashion
Date Posted: February 12, 2005

Working with teens I see lots of fashions -- some in open defiance of common sense. (Heeled boots in the ice and snow; coordinating ensembles of shirts, sweaters, jewelry, and open-toed shoes for an extended outdoor event; or my favorites, curling irons and mascara on a canoe trip.)

Around age 25 I began to let the fashion slide if it interfered with comfort. By the time I had my first child a few years later, comfort was the number one deciding factor in most everything I purchased.

How I looked still mattered, but it was no longer as important as being able to walk without wincing or pick up a child without scratching them on my acoutrements or buckle a baby into a car seat while balancing a diaper bag, purse, shopping bags,and an umbrella and then collapsing a stroller and storing it in the trunk all in under a minute, and still getting wet! (Good thing I wasn't wearing the "dry clean only" silk suit and the new suede shoes!)

As Christians, life in Christ can be about fashion or about comfort. Not comfort as in lying around in an oversized sweater or wearing the flip-flops to the grocery store. Not casual and complascent. But comfort in knowing things are right and God is in control.

The world is all about fashion, from hair to clothes to language to people to politics. Things are fashionable and popular one day and you can't be seen with them the next!

God is our comfort at all times and we can be comfortable in Him, because He never changes.
Malachi 3:6 says, "I the Lord do not change. . ."

Just as we may reach a point in our lives where we opt for comfort over fashion, when we give our lives to Christ we need to change our thinking about what is important and be true to that life.

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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