Thursday, August 30, 2007


I found a T-shirt with a pale picture of an island across the chest; palm trees and water. I like it. A friend said to me last night at church, it looks like you've got you shirt on wrong-side out. The picture seems faded. No, see the tag is inside the back of my collar. When I took my shirt off late last night, sure enough there was this brightly colored picture on the inside. The graphic had been misplaced onto the inside of the shirt. No wonder I got it on the sale rack at Wal-Mart for little money!

Upon investigation I thought maybe I could clip the tag and no one would notice. It won't work. The sleeves and the collar and the hem seams all pooch out if I wear the shirt inside-out for the screened picture to be right. No matter what I do I can't get it right.

Upon further investigation of our regular lives we eventually come to the same conclusion; we can't get it right. Our course is turned inside-out and/or upside down in so many screwy ways we are stumped as to what to do. Adjusted management or recycled approaches seem to offer little improvement. What are we to do with us? We are backward and tend to live faded.

First, don't look for solutions on the bargain racks at the Quick-Fix-It mall. The more we turn our lives in and out the more frustrated we will become. Second, go for the complete solution. Jesus is the Savior of this mess. Church isn't. Self-help books aren't. Massaged self-esteem simply becomes more demanding. Jesus is the beauty of real life.

Anyone can find him, but not on the bargain rack. He's found once hanging on the most expensive rack and the cost is immeasurable. That's how valuable God believes you to be. You are no bargain. You are very expensive and God made the full purchase with no discount that your life might be right-side out and beautifully tags, no seams showing.


Liz Moore said...

Thank you again for your uplifting words. You know, as far as that shirt goes, you probably look cool to the teens of today. A lot of their shirts have that faded out look ;)

Greg said...

One of my favorite casual shirts is like that, only it's a button up shirt made completely inside out! I wear it anyway ... if I'm going to pay $3 for it at a thrift store, I'm going to wear it, doggone it!

Brenda said...

I love you for this! Thanks for sharing it. Should I feel bad that I didn't notice the shirt last night??

Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny that you thought the shirt was right until someone pointed out to you that it wasn't. Then you went looking for it's flaws & found them. I'm that way about myself too.....looking for the flaws, but maybe God intended me to be that way all along. I bet you wear the shirt anyway.

Anonymous said...

I love you! Love your heart.

Tom Dahlman said...


They make shirts like that on purpose now. Ask your teens at church. It's not a mistake.