Chappy’s corner “The right outfit”

The priest was invited to a family’s home for dinner. As he normally did he wore his clerical collar. At the dinner table the family’s 3 year old boy stared at the priest, especially his white clerical collar. The priest noticed this and said, “I see you looking at my collar. Do you know why I wear it?” The boy nodded his head and said, “It keeps ticks and fleas off for three months.”


Many ministers wear clerical collars to identify themselves as ministers; others don’t. I wear one on Sunday to lead the worship services, but I don’t have to wear it. It is optional and when I’m not in the pulpit I wear less formal outfits.  But even though I might not be dressed like a pastor I’m still on the job. 

The same is true for us in the military.  When on duty we wear the uniform, but we are still serving when we wear our old blue jeans to clean the garage.  What is true about our “jobs” is also true about other roles in life. 


Wearing a shirt that states “Best Dad in the World” doesn’t make us the best dad.  It is just a shirt. What makes a man a good dad is the time and commitment he makes to his family. The same is true for him as a father, or as a son, or as a brother.  And the same is true for the woman who wants to be the best mother, or wife, or daughter, or friend or neighbor.   Clothes don’t make the man (or the woman), but what we say and do does reveal the kind of person we are.  Consider Jesus as he walked this earth. He didn’t have an outfit that showed He was a loving Savior.  He didn’t’ need one. He showed it by his actions, including the action of suffering, dying and rising again to make us God’s people, and as His people he offers us a wonderful outfit to wear.


The Bible states, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3: 12-14


God’s outfit may feel a bit tight but with time you will find it fits perfectly.  That just my thoughts from this SE corner of South Dakota.

Have a blessed Labor Day Weekend.


CH (LTC) David Gunderson