The Influence of a Dress – Dee Gonzales

Life Lessons 1

A few weeks ago a young friend of mine put out a challenge that for a whole week we would commit to wearing a dress each day.  I thought, “Oh no! I don’t think I have that many dresses I could wear to work.” So I dove into the deep dark caverns of my closet to see what I may have.  I haven’t worn dresses to work in ages – since the days of “Dress for Success,” pantyhose and heels.

After a lot of digging and sorting I found several acceptable outfits, had them cleaned and was ready to wear a dress-a-day.  The next challenge came in wearing heels again for this love-to-be-barefoot-or-in-flip-flops girl. Day 1 my feet protested severely and blisters were dressed in pretty Band-Aids.  Day 2 I brought out another pair of dress shoes only to obtain more blisters and black feet from the dye on the shoes (now I remember why I never wear this pair).  More Band-Aids added. By Day 3 and with my feet nicely swathed in flesh tone Band-Aids I went back to heels and was able to walk with confidence.

Now wearing a dress and heels to work every day caused quite a stir.  I was asked if I was interviewing for a new position, going to a funeral, and then why was I bothering to wear a dress. Over and over I explained the challenge and by Day 3 others in the dept. began wearing dresses because it gave them a new outlook.  Now a few weeks out I am still wearing dresses and skirts, heels are a snap but the great news is I am receiving comments from VP’s who see me as taking my job and new promotion more seriously, they are more confident in my abilities to do the job, and they are telling my boss how pleased they are with my work.

As in the Influence of a Dress how are we as Christians perceived?  When we change our attitudes/behaviors and allow God to begin working in our life does it now look like we are serious about our faith and walk with God?  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!”

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