The Trendsetter

Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Walking through the mall or dropping my son off at school, it's clear that anything that was in style when I was young will come full circle again eventually. Currently, according to the fashion experts, trends from the '90s are back in style. Granted my '90s years were spent wearing the uniform of a mom-on-the-go, but ultimately trends are cyclical. In interior design, through working with designers who come into the Gallery, we know that both mid-Century modern and minimalist styles with pops of color are on the "it" list. But nothing new is truly original. Do you remember being young and flipping through magazines, begging your parents to take you out right then and there for the latest must-have outfit or hairstyle? Never mind whether you had the body type, coloring or hair texture to pull it off, it was all about imitating those all-knowing trendsetters. As I've gotten older, I've settled more fully into my own style and taste and stopped chasing the latest trends. And spiritually, I'm more comfortable now as well, as I've embraced what Ephesians calls us to do... be an imitator of Christ. No one else. No other trend. Just the timeless, boundless power and love of Christ. Unlike Jennifer Aniston's wildly popular Friends haircut or the puffy sleeves of the '80s, His love for us, and what we are called to imitate of Him is one-size fits all. The Holy Spirit dwells in us all, and our job is to stop flipping the pages of what's "in," and instead reflect and focus on what is within, then copy and apply it for the world to see. He is the ultimate Trendsetter, and He fearfully and wonderfully made us to walk out what is already in us. How encouraging and freeing! Just for fun: what trend did you copy that you never should have? And, how are you imitating Christ to those around you?