By Joy Inyamu Akut
I try to shop as much as I can whenever I travel, so I have a good number of beautiful outfits. Lovely dresses; red carpet ready, dinner party ready, high-class classy chic ready, posh wedding ready. The problem is I’ve moved from the social hub of the nation, where my social light bulb glowed a little. I still buy lovely party/outing dresses, not knowing where to wear them to, but all the same, hoping I would get a chance to add value to the beauty of the dresses on special occasions some day.
Each time there is a wedding in my little town, I would bring my special dresses out and try them on, looking in the mirror and thinking how pretty they look on me, then I tell myself, “I can’t waste this outfit for this wedding” or “why should I wear this really beautiful dress to church, it should shine at a big occasion” and it goes right back into my bottom box*, my special suitcase, the pink one where I keep the really new and expensive things in.
Well, I recently lost some weight, I am not how I used to be when it comes to my size, thus I can’t wear some of my lovely never-good-enough-occasion-to wear dresses anymore, the new curves of my body eludes the lines and cuts of the dresses. I dropped one size without even trying… fitfam what? I had to give out some lovely outfits with a heavy heart…
Nike says, just do it… I say Just wear it! Enjoy it! Display it! What’s the special occasion? NOW is the special occasion. Look beautiful for church, shine bright for that wedding, even if the guest consist of mostly old ladies from the village, shine in your expensive new dress anyway… Shine, shine, and shine every chance you get. Shine to the grocery store, so what if it’s a nice pair of jeans? Shine to work, shine when you head out for ice cream, every moment is a special occasion worth shinning for. Dress your best; be a peacock in the crowd, you never know who’s watching.
The bottom box isn’t such a good idea sometimes, especially when it comes to life. Yes, we keep those special items for special occasions, but what about the talent(s) we have? We don’t think its good enough for any of the occasions when we are given an opportunity to show the world just what special trait lies in us. The world could be just one person or your church or family, it doesn’t matter. Sometimes we look around at our best friends or the lady on TV and think how blessed she is because she’s got all these talent; she dances and sings and even acts so well, and we’re quick to condemn ourselves, and move further down in our bottom box thinking what we have can’t face the world in the light of all those people out there.
What are you hiding in the bottom box of your life? What have you covered up? The fact that you love to cook/you’re good with kids/you sing really well in your room? Or how well you dance behind closed doors? There’ll never be a right time to invest your one talent. Put it out there and sing, even if no one hears you… sing even if just one person is in your audience… sing, join the choir…. Just sing! Someday the Master’s going to ride in and ask you, “What did you do with that special dress I gave you?” Will you tell Him, there just never seemed to be a right time or special occasion to display it, with all that talent He gave the others, so you kept it within, close to your heart, your personal secret. Like the man with the one talent in the parable Jesus told. (Matthew 25:24-25)
It’s time to overturn your bottom box. The special occasion is now… the time to shine is now… even to an audience of one, shine your best… don’t despise the days of little beginnings or look at how multi-talented your neighbor is, don’t let it determine what goes for you. Maybe your church is too small for you to shine so bright, well shine so bright in your church that those outside would run in to see the light, the right person may be among the crowd to come in and pick you up from the midst of all that. Like my dress didn’t fit anymore, don’t hide the treasure within you that you end up missing out on the gorgeousness of it at a time when it would have been so fitted.
Steve Maraboli sums this up right with his quote… “Cemeteries are full of unfulfilled dreams… countless echoes of ‘could have’ and ‘should have’… countless books unwritten… countless songs unsung… I want to live my life in such a way that when my body is laid to rest, it will be a well needed rest from a life well lived, a song well sung, a book well written, opportunities well explored, and a love well expressed.”
I pray we all find a way to express the treasures buried within us… you are what the world is waiting for.
*Bottom box: Treasured attire worn only on important occasions.
Author Bio: Joy Inyamu Akut Is the author and publisher of her blog iNyamu’s Eldorado, where she writes about life, the awesomeness of God, and encourages people by enriching their Spirits with words of inspiration. You can connect with her on www.inyamuakut.com and on follow her on twitter @InyamuFQ
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