I am not a fan of Taylor Swift, never really have been. We got off on a bad foot, and I just never became a fan. But I have tried, truly to appreciate the fact she does write from a young woman’s heart and she puts on quite a stage show (from what I have had people tell me).
Cut to last week’s GRAMMYs. I was enjoying the red carpet when she popped up to talk with Ryan Seacrest. Instead of changing the channel I left it on, to give her another shot…after all, she’s roughly the same age as many of my students and it helps to see her in that light instead of a heartbroken teenager. Towards the end of the interview, Ryan asked about her dress (obviously) and she said it was actually made of heavy laden chain-mail. That’s a full length shot over there ——————————————–>
She commented that it was disarmingly heavy to wear, as it was not faux anything but rather the mesh you’d get on chain-mail.
That moment is when I gained respect for Taylor Swift. That right there.
Why you ask? Why would a dress of all things garner some respect from me, someone who had long since written her off?
Because she is sending a message, one that we should all take note of. She’s been blasted, taunted, and poked fun at. (Often warranted, the hair flip during the performance later on would be an example) Yet she throws on some armor and out into the world she goes. Did you catch what she admits to as well? It’s heavy…surprisingly hard to carry. She could have chosen another dress, probably from a thousand samples that were sent her, but she chose that one.
Do you put thought into what you are putting on each day? Do you prepare for daily life by dressing appropriately? By draping yourself in armor?
I know I don’t, but yet, in Ephesians Paul tells us to explicitly…
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:11-14, NIV)
We put so much thought into what we wear, based upon our schedules, our plans throughout our day. But do we take the same time to think through the armor we are girding ourselves with? Do we realize we have an armor available to us daily to clothe ourselves in? I know without a doubt many days I rush through preparing for my day instead of being intentional to think through it.
We are gifted this armor, for daily use. To stand. Not to fall, not to stumble, not to even weaken us…but to STAND. How formidable of an opponent would the devil see you today if you were standing in full armor ready to do battle? It is heavy to carry, to wear in each moment, but how much more so are the consequences of going into battle unarmed?
Let’s learn a valuable lesson from Taylor today and thrown on our best armor that is hanging in our closets. To me, it wins Best Dressed every single time.