I recently bought a hat.
Hats have always been a situational part of my wardrobe. I would wear a baseball cap for golf and softball; cowboy hat if I am headed to a rodeo or it was country & western day at school; wide brimmed hat for hiking; knit cap when it is cold…you get the idea.
My recent purchase seems to be a little different. A fedora can be a situational hat, but I believe it is meant to be more of a staple in one’s wardrobe. Purchasing the hat was a big decision. I tried on several. I even used my phone to take a photo of myself while wearing one so I could dwell on the look for a few days while deciding whether or not to purchase. I took Michele to the store to get her opinion of a few of the hats. Like I said, it was a big decision.
I did finally take the leap and got home with my fedora. The big decision had been made…or so I thought. I began to realize that another decision had to be made. The decision to wear the hat. I became a little nervous realizing that not many people wear hats as part of their daily attire. There was a time when hats were commonplace, but now if I wear it people will notice me as different. It took a couple of days, but I finally decided to wear it. I wore it all day while I was out living my life…taking kids to school, running errands, etc. I have to admit that there were times during the day that I thought about leaving it in the car while running in someplace…still a little nervous about being noticed.
Fast forward a month and I now own 3 fedoras…I love them. I wear one of them almost everyday. It is my new look. Yes, I do get noticed. People that I don’t know occasionally comment on the hat and sometimes strike up a brief conversation with me. I have to admit that when that happens it is a little strange and sometimes uncomfortable, but I am beginning to enjoy meeting and talking to the various strangers.
Some 30 years ago I decided to follow Jesus.
For the purposes of this post let’s say that when I decided that I believed in Jesus I was given a hat. The hat was meant to become a staple in my wardrobe. I was excited to get it. I took it home looking forward to wearing it. Then the next day came and I suddenly realized that if I wore the hat outside of the ‘walls of Sunday morning’ (thanks Gungor) or outside of my home that I might get noticed as being different. I was faced with another decision…actually choosing to wear the hat.
I compromised…rather than wear the hat as part of my daily attire, it became situational. I would wear it on Sunday mornings, at youth group gatherings, hanging out with my Christian friends, at home, in the car on the way to work…you get the idea.
Our One Another Fellowship (small group of friends from Westway) has been exploring what it means to truly follow Jesus. We have looked at the Body of Christ from scripture and discovered that what we call church here in the United States doesn’t look much like what we see in scripture. It would seem that we have made following Christ more ‘situational’ than ‘staple’.
It is time. I should be noticed as different. I need to make ‘Christ follower’ my daily look.
How about you?