It reminded me of the other afternoon when I was wondering around the house working on things in another robe & jammies. I commented to our current house guest - Opera Diva Rachel Snitzer - that I was impressed that she was all dressed with hair fixed & make-up on. She said that it made her feel lazy to wear pajamas into the day. I immediately responded, "It makes me feel empowered!" You know that filter that's intended to catch things between your mind & your mouth? Sometimes mine doesn't work quite right.
But, I began to think about it and recognized that I didn't feel badly at all about her being all gorgeous & me looking like a Maxine cartoon. Maybe that's what happens when you "get old." I'm not sure. But after about 27 years of feeling like I was never good enough, I began to see that I needed to stop comparing myself to everyone else. I guess I'd feel worse if I was sitting in jammies eating Bon Bons all day long. But, I'm not. I'm keeping up with things around the house. I'm helping communicate things for two of the ministries in my local church. I'm staying in touch with a pretty large number of people on a personal basis each week. And, I'm actively, up-close-and-personally loving my hubby & two kids. So... I've become FINE with being me - in my jammies on some days.
After 27 years of anguish over what others thought & with the help of a great counselor, I began to care less about what others thought & more about what God thought. I want to feel productive & like I'm doing what I feel God wants me to do each day. I know this scripture isn't really meant for old ladies (or middle aged women) but, I love it for ALL ages!
Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young
Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live,
in your love, your faith, and your purity.
I don't have a problem living out my life, my love, my faith... for Christ... in my jammies or in good clothes with my hair fixed & my make-up on :)