God’s love–when we focus on it and what it means, we begin to change. We change from our old selves to our new.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
In Monday’s blog I quoted from David’s Crowder’s book Praise Habit. He reminds us to wear our praise habits daily because that is what the Creator made us to do–that’s how we are really alive. And our habit visible, not only to ourselves but to others around us.
Remember when nuns used to wear habits? (Some still do, but it is not as common as it once was.) Everyone who saw a nun knew immediately who she believed in and who she had dedicated her life to. In her book The Habit: A History of the Clothing of Catholic Nuns, Elizabeth Kuhns tells us what a habit symbolized:
“For these nuns, the habit is a wearable sacramental with a supernatural character that cannot be replicated in secular clothing . . . It is important to remember that clothing is a uniquely human characteristic, a silent but powerful medium from which we can learn who we are and what we value. Clothing defines gender, status, beauty, and ideology, and it can be found in virtually every culture. It touches on human history, psychology, sociology, economics, aesthetics, technology, customs, laws, attitudes, and values . . . The sighting of a nun in habit remains for most of us a notable event, because what the habit proclaims is something so countercultural and so radical, we cannot help but to react with awe and reverence or with suspicion and disdain.”
A nun’s habit is more than just clothing to her. It symbolizes her death to self; her old life is gone. Everything that was before the moment of the clothing ceremony (in which she received her habit for the first time) has vanished. She has a new name, a new set of clothes, and a new way of living.
Do we go to the closet and wonder what we are going to wear today? Is my closet full of habits from my old self or my transformed self?
I have been given a designer-habit. It is signed and sealed by its creator and owner–Jesus Christ. He is my identity. He is what I wear every day. He is what I value and who I praise.
Am I wearing a praise habit today?