I owned at one point.
I am not proud of the that number, in fact, I had no idea I was out of control. I was on a reality television show called WHAT NOT TO WEAR: WANNABE and out of the blue one producer asked me how many dresses do I own? Let’s be honest, there may be women out there that have more than 368 dresses but they are not me.
I was briefly affected by the number then I quickly disregarded the number and kept living my life. Then bible study happened with Father Joe. We were reading scripture, Luke 12:16-21 to be exact, it hit me like a ton of dresses-literally.
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
The very reason I go to bible study and church is for this very purpose. I will hear or experience something God intends me to hear or to share. But this night, it was for me. Something came over me, it’s unexplainable. I started to tear up in front of everyone because I knew enough was enough.
I have fashion in my DNA(Grandma Leola was a dress maker). I came home from the hospital as a newborn totally decked out (thanks Mom), then as a young girl I studied Fashion Merchandising, modeled, worked in fashion retail and eventually landed on a fashion television show. I have helped many people find their fashion sense and on budget, it’s a gift. However, I didn’t manage my gift well for God. I became focused on finding pretty dresses at pretty low prices. I was a Pro but this scripture cut me like a golden pair of dress maker’s sheers.
Then my life started to change for the better. I stopped buying dresses at an alarming rate. I started to donate my beautiful dresses and sell the rest at yard sales and on-line. I hated going into clothing stores for awhile, I changed for God’s best. See, God’s plan for our lives is amazing and clear. And I know now more than ever I did the right thing many years ago.
We all don’t have the same addictions. But for most of us we might have something in our lives that occupies too much space and attention. These things take control over our thoughts, like an obsession. Drugs, porn, alcohol, food, maybe even dresses should never take control of your life. God should, His way is the only way.