There was a story that I relate to more than I want to admit sometimes. I discovered the story in Margaret Silf’s book, Compass Points.

A young man goes to a tailor to have a suit custom made. The tailor is happy to have a new customer. He takes measurements and shows him the fabrics to choose from. The young man chooses a high-quality material and work begins. Weeks pass and it is time for a fitting. He tries it on and it seems to be pulling across the shoulders. The tailor tells him “no problem, just bend sideways a bit more.” Another week passes, and another fitting. The man has never had a custom suit before and doesn’t want to appear critical so he hunches into the jacket. This time one sleeve is shorter than the other. He points this out to the tailor. The tailor says “no problem, you just need to hold the shorter sleeve down a bit with your hand and then they will look the same length.” The young man doesn’t like to argue so he complies. Finally, come the pants. Getting into them is such a struggle the young man cannot see how he is ever going to be able to walk in them but the tailor says “My word, sir, you look stunning in your new suit.” The young man smiles and limps across the room trying not to look in the mirror. Sadly, the young man pays for the suit and hobbles home.

On his way home, people in the street turn to stare at him as he moves crablike in his terribly fitted suit. “Poor guy”, one bystander says. “What a shame that such a young man should be so deformed. But how lucky he is to have such a skillful tailor!”

“Do not allow the world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.”  -Romans 12:2


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