Wearing Good News Like A Skirt Around Your Waist

Our daughter Jenna just returned from ten months in South Asia. She’d been working with an NGO, reaching out to disadvantaged women. And in the countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) all women are disadvantaged. Whether poor, wealthy, educated or illiterate, women are at a huge disadvantage compared to men.

"Official United Nations cartographic map of South Asia." (Wikipedia) The countries of South Asia are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

“Official United Nations cartographic map of South Asia.” (Wikipedia)
The countries of South Asia are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Jenna reached out to her neighbors, went on university campuses, and visited clinics and hospices to spend time with women and share with them the love Jenna has received from Jesus. Most of them had never heard of a God who loves them. When they worship their gods it’s often to placate them, begging the gods not to hurt them. Jenna said there is much spiritual darkness found in every sidewalk shrine and neighborhood temple.

Not all is darkness there, though, as the Body of Christ can be found among the people who live there too. Jenna enjoyed times of fellowship with them, joining with local believers for church services and small retreats.

One of those events led to the newspaper skirt.

Some local women had invited Jenna to their retreat, and like many retreats they  played games. In one they handed out stacks of old newspapers to see who can create the best outfit from them. Jenna’s table had a bunch of old pros at this game, so they told her to stand as their model while they handled design and construction. Look closely at her hands and you can see they even made newspaper jewelry for her wrists.

Jenna Newspaper SariWearing the news as a skirt around her waist reminded me of the gospel.

Designer Footwear

The gospel – the Good News about Jesus – can be worn on your feet like a sturdy pair of shoes that carry you through life.

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7.)

Stand firm then … with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:14-15.)

Beautiful feet wearing the gospel of peace, proclaiming peace and salvation, announcing that God reigns. This is God’s design for you, for your footsteps, that wherever you go people will know you walk the path of peace and good tidings.

What gospel steps are you walking in today?

  • When someone at work or school snubs you, what will you say?
  • When the cashier at the grocery store hands you too much money back in change, what will you do?
  • When your spouse or best friend or child or parent says something that hurts you, what will you say back?

There is not a single person you will meet today who is not in need of a smile, a kind word, a reassurance that they are precious to God. What good news will you bring them through your words and actions

And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15.)

God has sent you into people’s lives. How will you walk in the gospel today?

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14 Responses to Wearing Good News Like A Skirt Around Your Waist

  1. Bev Murrill says:

    Amen! Good on Jenna… she’s a cool representative of the One who loves us.

  2. Pastor Bob says:

    There are many among us who have excellent outer beauty.
    Then there is the combination of inner and outer beauty.
    From your postings it is apparent you have raised some of the “next generation” with both of these qualities bound and centered on Jesus Christ.

    Blessings!!

  3. michellevl says:

    Giving thanks to God for your daughter’s faithful witness!

  4. Jeannie says:

    Tim, this is a much better metaphor than the toilet-paper dresses we made at a Christmas party I attended once! It’s great to hear what your daughter has been doing and how God’s using her. Thanks for sharing.

  5. janehinrichs says:

    Loved this! And those fellow people were pros — your daughter looks great!

  6. Laura Droege says:

    This was totally convicting, Tim. I just received an email reply to an email I sent last week, and the reply made me upset. I didn’t reply back–there’s no need to–but I wasn’t displaying the gospel in my (thankfully, unseen) response to the computer screen. Glad that person didn’t see/hear me. Also glad that God is gracious and forgives me!

    PS: Your daughter rocks the newspaper skirt!

    PS#2: When you wrote, “Wearing the news as a skirt around her waist reminded me of the gospel,” I thought, “Of course! Everything reminds Tim Fall of the gospel.” 🙂

  7. Karen Ingle says:

    That’s it. I’m making me a skirt like Jenna’s. She’s a great example to me. Just as her parents have been.

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