A taste of FAITH, a touch of LAUGHTER.
Walking at the mall, getting my exercise, my mind often works overtime. I walk by the various stores, and notice things. Some things strike me or grab my attention in some way. Sometimes ideas pop into my head that I want to write about.
Today I noted one of the windows in the mobility store. I stopped on my walk and snapped a pic before going on my way so that I could remember the thoughts it prompted.
I was struck by the window display. Someone had gotten creative with it and as I walked I thought about the effects of window dressing.
Here is the definition of window dressing from 2 sources:
the skill of decorating shop windows and arranging goods in them so that they look attractive to people going past
The FREE Dictionary
a. Decorative exhibition of retail merchandise in store windows.
While I was pondering on the need of stores to do this sort of thing to attract customers and to display their wares, I thought about the way we present ourselves to the world, our outward appearance, and how we “window dress” to attract others to us or to draw attention to ourselves, with clothes, accessories and make up. I wondered about my own propensities and limitations in this direction.
Drawing the eye.
The world is expert at drawing the eye to feed the appetite. We see it every day in advertising. Look at this. Do this. Buy that. Eat these. We are surrounded daily, everywhere we go, by this kind of attraction, allurement and temptation. We can be drawn in if it is done well. The world uses it efficiently and successfully.
A thought. How are we window dressing our lives? What do people see? Is this an important part of our Christian testimony? Or not? If it is, are we using it efficiently?
It is said the eyes are windows to the soul. How is your eye window “dressed”? What do people see when they look into your eyes? I remember once when I made serious eye contact with a certain man and what I saw there absolutely chilled me. Emptiness. Stark, bare, the doorway to the depths of a naked soul. It was an unexpected shock.
I hope people will see compassion, concern, laughter, integrity, peace and joy when they look into my eyes, or when they observe me as a person, but they might also see age, anxiety, sadness, and perhaps even fear or loneliness at times, either in my eyes or in my carriage and mannerisms. I think it’s good to be aware of this.
(Me, in a happy moment)
Another thought. What can we do, in the “window dressing” of our lives as Christians, to draw/attract people to Christ. Will they see Him in us? Will they want to know why we are the way we are? Will they want to explore the treasures inside, behind the “window display”, and perhaps seek to have some of the things they see there as their own, take them home, “wear” them too?
Just a few thoughts prompted by one window display today. Something to ponder.