Kindness is ranked #5 in the order of the 9 fruits of the spirit in the Lord’s orchard.

One of my core life values is “Dress for Success.” I learned this principle early in my professional career.

Wearing a coat and tie at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, was the only way for people to know I was staff and not a student.

Hoping for an upgrade and favorable treatment during air travel, was motivation to dress at a higher level than the average traveler.

Shopping for a car in shabby gear, usually results in poor customer service.

Up to this point, the focus has been exterior dress. It’s time to shift gears and focus on “the dress of the heart.”

“Put on” love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control: this is the Lord’s charge and challenge.

Having the mind of a basketball coach, I think application. How do I make this work in real life?

Crowell’s Dress for success game plan:
Start the day by dressing twice.
Dress one, the exterior:
Carefully select wardrobe for the day.
If tired or fearful, wear red.
If discouraged or worried, wear some yellow.
If lacking confidence, dress in purple.
If you are wanting to grow as a person or in business, wear some green.
If you need to have true grit, wear black.

Dress two; the interior:
As you put on each article of clothing put on a fruit of the spirit,

Example: As you put on socks, put on hard work/self-control. Put on a sweater, put on kindness.

Ephesians 6:10-18 is a good source to expand on the Dress for Success Principle.


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