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Matching Shirts

“Daddy, wear your Dr. Pepper shirt today!”

My twelve-year old son finds delight in father and son wearing matching t-shirts.  The last couple of years, we made several trips to Kohls and picked out identical pop culture shirts. Our wardrobe includes Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Boba Fett, and the Justice League.

Unlike his older brother who never wanted our family to match clothes, Dawson finds joy and comfort in our dressing alike. Most weekends, I try and make sure that at least one of those days we wear one of our fun shirts.

The Lord cares about what we wear.  However, the articles of clothing that impress him are not ones with Star Wars characters or soft drink logos.  The apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian church, Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity (3:12-14).

My son’s desire to match his dad thrills me. However, I wonder if he sees godly characteristics in me that he wants to emulate.  Paul challenges us to work on these seven pieces of clothing:

  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Humility
  • Gentleness
  • Patience
  • Forgiveness
  • Love

We can look for opportunities every week to practice these character qualities.  And we can confess to Jesus that apart from the work of His Spirit, we cannot keep those attributes at work. We depend on His grace as we submit to Him to produce His character in and through our lives.

I will keep wearing those fun t-shirts as long as my son wants.  I doubt when he is twenty-five if he will be saying, “Dad, make sure and wear the Mountain Dew today.”  So, I’ll enjoy it for as long as it lasts.

And I hope he will pick up more from me than just liking the Justice League.

By: Dr. Rhett Wilson pastors The Spring Church in Laurens, SC, teaches Bible as an Adjunct Professor of Christianity at Anderson University, and enjoys freelance writing.  His blog, Faith, Family, and Freedom can be accessed at

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