Shrinking Shirts


Why do we get all hot and bothered by things that are corruptible and temporary? Let's remember that everything we have belongs to God!

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 ESV)

As a rare woman who doesn’t really like to shop, few things irk me more than after dragging myself into a humbling change room to pick out something, then take it home and wash it before I wear it . . . and . . . it shrinks.

Such is the drama that happened in our house this week. I found a gorgeous long coral shirt that was just the right shade and super long to cover my . . . butt. This is key for me. But, I like to wash almost everything I buy before wearing, and that’s when ‘it’ happened. It came out of the dryer three inches shorter. My poor man could not deal with my woman drama. I loved the top. I bought the top. I mourned the top.         

As I sat pulling and tweaking on the fabric, I wondered if it was salvageable. It was barely recognizable as the oversized piece it was only an hour before. Into the goodwill bag it will most likely go.

I’m learning – after a small dramatic display – that the things on this earth (even brand-new ‘perfect’ tops) are just temporary and I should be willing and ready to give them away and bless someone else. I’m sure there’s a smaller woman who would love to have my coral blouse and doesn’t need the length of fabric I demand. And who knows, the Lord said it would be given back to me in good measure . . . I just hope that when it is, it’s already prewashed.

Father, oh how silly we can be to get hot and bothered by things that are corruptible and temporary. Help us to remember that all we have comes from You and is Yours. May we live our lives with open hands and closets, ready to joyfully give away to others in need. In Jesus’ name, Amen!


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