Back in the early days of women’s liberation, they used to have a saying: “If the bra fits, burn it!” Well, nowadays, at least when it comes to MY wardrobe, I wouldn’t dare burn a bra that actually FIT! They’re too hard to come by. By the same token, though, I’ve ended up holding onto several ill-fitting bras. (I know that’s too much information for some of you, but I’ll bet that even more of you can relate to exactly what I’m talking about.)
But, having just gotten a new armoire, and wanting to start fresh, I came up with a new motto: “If the bra doesn’t fit, throw it out!” Why hold onto something that doesn’t serve its intended purpose?
It also dawned on me that this is an age-old problem. Paul even talked about it—yes, the Apostle Paul. No, he didn’t include undergarments in his discussion of women’s adornments, but what he did do was call all Christians to “throw off all that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles…” He meant that we should get rid of those things that don’t serve a purpose; or that keep us from fulfilling OUR intended purpose. That could be anything that wastes space, time, or potential, or that stunts our relationships. A few examples, also courtesy of the Apostle Paul, can be found in Colossians 3:8, where he exhorts us to put aside “anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech.” In Ephesians 4:31, he warns us to “get rid all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander…” Ephesians 4:29 cautions us against unwholesome talk, and Ephesians 5:4 condemns obscenity, foolish talk, and coarse joking.
Any of those sound familiar? Any of them hanging around your life like an ill-fitting bra? Throw them out. Or, if you’re feeling particularly liberated, go ahead and burn them!