When I was a girl browsing through a Sears or Penneys catalog, a phrase caught my attention: “The Indispensable Dress” over a picture of a basic black sheath dress. At the time, I didn’t know what “indispensable” meant; in fact, I thought it meant something like “undisposable”—you couldn’t throw it away! Now I understand that this particular black dress was being touted as the basic piece of a perfect outfit.
The metaphor of a perfect outfit appears in one of Paul’s letters in the Bible:
As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:12-14 NIV)
More than any jewelry, belts, scarves, purses, etc., the characteristics of compassion, humility, gentleness, patience, and the others listed But the essential piece is love! Without it, the others just don’t work. It’s basic—the indispensable dress!
You know, I think I will put a sign on my closet “Above all, put on love!” to remind me every morning when I get dressed.