In the 21st century, the love of style
and personal image has taken over,
at least in our generation. Artists and
musicians influence our culture, fashion
and language to the point where it is
hard to discover who we are. It seems
as if we’re just born with expectations
of how we should be. In the midst of
the latest trends, and the next contour
video, we have to discover and uncover
who we really are.
Winter is a season when we bundle
up and cover up to stay warm. We wear
layers not only as a fashion statement,
but to protect us from the weather. The
cold affects us more than just physically. When we are in a season where
we can’t feel God, it’s almost like being
cold in the spirit.
When we are in a place of unfamiliarity, it may seem like we’re out of
season, almost like wearing shorts in
the winter, it just doesn’t feel right. But
God is taking this season to shape us
and prepare us for the destiny he has
already placed inside of us.
Our purpose isn’t complicated. It was
implanted in our very being before God
created us. Our purpose is deeper than
our DNA. It’s the very reason for our
existence. It’s a gap in the world that
only we can fill.
Fashion is just one of languages that
allow us to express who we are to the
world. It speaks to people before we
open our mouths, and it represents who
we are in Christ – bold women and men
of God who are not afraid to be strong,
yet submissive. Loud in the declaration
of what we stand for, yet quick to help
and pray for someone in need.
Hard times strengthen and prepare
us even when we feel isolated. It’s like
when we go to the gym. We isolate a
group of muscles to work on, to gain a
measurable outcome. We put our body
under physical strain to strengthen that
muscle. But really we tear it down to
repair it, making it stronger.
Do you know the saying, You have
to build your dream summer body in
the winter? I’m confident that applies
to the spirit as well. God once gave me
a revelation, “Josie, the army will be
built in the winter.” I had a vision of army
jackets hanging in mid-air as if they were
hanging on the pole of a closet – an
endless amount of army jackets, as far
as the eye can see, with little snowflakes
falling on them.
We are called
to be game
we’ll inspire others
to be themselves.
As I have grown in God, He has
continued to shape my understanding
regarding what I saw. We are his soldiers, and we can’t entangle ourselves
with the ways of the world, or we’ll miss
the purpose He has created for us! So
as His army of passionate, creative
creators we will be built!
Not necessarily when the weather is
cold, but when we feel like our season
is dry or wet or abandoned. That’s when
He’s shaping us. That’s when we’re getting tested. That’s when we’re being put
through the furnace, but we’ll come out
like gold once the season is over.
God is maturing us, taking us places
only He can take us. And yes, growing
pains hurt, but it’ll all be worth it
Clothing is also a representation of
growth. We can look back to when we
were children, and make fun of our little
outfits. It works the same with our walk
in the spirit. As we grow in God, what
used to hurt us before doesn’t affect us
anymore. God spoke to us one way at
the beginning of our relationship with
Him, now He speaks to us in new ways.
We can’t allow ourselves to get caught
up in a routine – God wants to meet us
in a new way. Let’s continue to walk and
see the power of God in our life. Let’s
not give up.
With time, we’ll become the person
we always knew was inside. Let’s allow ourselves to shine onto the world
through whom God made us to be! If
that means stepping out of the box,
step out. If that means dress differently,
then do so!
Let’s be content with who we are in
everything we do! That’s the only way
we’ll become who we always knew we
were inside. Forget about what everyone else thinks, we are a new creation in
Christ. Therefore what matters is what
God says and thinks about us.
We are called to be game changers!
By being ourselves, we’ll inspire others
to be themselves. We’ll declare to the
world that we know the person God
created us to be. And that’s attractive!
We’ll discover our purpose by truly
being ourselves. That’s not hard, is it?
That’s the style of love.
– Signed jla & Maane
Josie La Corte & Armaane Testoni
insta: live.to.aspire - @armaane
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 / LOVE IS MOVING 20