Christian Apparel, Good For The Soul
We at Slingshot Christian Products want to spread a message of hope with our Christian apparel. This is why one of our favorite designs is Hope Anchors. If you want one of these shirts, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-930-5491. The message and the art work are a synergistic blend of style and passion. As I look at this design I realize that it’s grungy effects and faded aspects have become increasingly more meaningful to me as time goes on. Why, you may ask? Because this is how hope feels sometimes!
When we are young hope is in plentiful supply? I recall going to a great uncle and aunt’s house as a child. We would pack our things into the trunk of our 4 door sedan, pile three hopeful children shoulder to shoulder in the back seat and drive for what seemed like hours to a beautiful house in a quiet neighborhood of a quaint small town. It was one of those places that time, seemingly stood still. In the summer months the lawn was always meticulously kept. Edged caringly to perfection and lusciously green. Bird feeders hung in the back garden, frequented by busy hummingbirds and bright red cardinals. In the winter, it was as if the snow was told where to land and how to sit properly. The driveway was always cleared evenly on both sides and a pile of fresh snow sat ready for fort-making. This was our Utopia. But the reason we were filled with hope each time we arrived was dearer to our keen little hearts than all the scenery and the nostalgia. This kitchen was far different from the kitchen we came from. Much different than the kitchen my mother kept. Because in this charming, small town kitchen they always had Nutella!! Our salivating mouths were always the most hopeful for that nutty, chocolaty, creamy spread on top of freshly baked, warm toast. “This must be heaven”, I always thought.
Hope was simple. Hope was easy to come by. Hope was light-hearted. But as life progresses and time passes, hope becomes slightly more complex and somewhat scarce. We begin to realize that what we hope for is not only outside our control, but outside each other’s control as well. Whether it is an issue of loss, healing, provision, stability, security or significance it feels and seems the answer is out of our hands most of the time. And the truth is, that is correct. Much of the time, our answers do not come because of what we can produce or how we perform. This statement is a conundrum for us humans, isn’t it?
Six years ago, when we were expecting one of our children, my wife was convinced something didn’t feel right and in the midst of her fourth month she miscarried. We hadn’t considered the impact that miscarriages can have. What seems, in the mention, as a small loss, rocked our world and put question marks at the ends of our faith statements. This experience flooded all back to us when we heard Chris Quilala of Jesus Culture share his story on their new album Let It Echo. Nearing the end of the song God With Us, at approximately 5:50 he shares: “While we were believing for a miracle, things didn’t quite turn out how we had expected. But for us the journey ahead of us was can we still proclaim the truth that God is our healer…” The next track is a song that Chris and his wife Alyssa wrote called Miracles. The profoundly simple and intensely truthful chorus is their hope on display:
I believe in You. I believe in You. You are the God of Miracles.
Because hope can seem grungy, even dirty at times. It can seem so far off that our minds eye cannot picture it or comprehend the path to it. Hope can fade in the storm and seem like it is becoming less relevant to our present circumstance. But hope anchors our soul. It keeps us firm in the midst of the storm and the waves of life. When we feel washed up, beaten down and conquered, hope remains. Remember Paul and Silas, sitting deep inside a prison in Acts 16, severely beaten by rods that day and fastened in stocks? They were found praying and singing hymns to God. It’s no wonder that Paul would write:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
This guy lived it. He bought the shirt. He’d been there, done that. Paul understood that what we see in the physical realm is so different than that which is eternal and eternally valuable. And this is something we fail to remember, all the time. That the hope we have is not in a book, it is not in a teaching, not even in a church. No, it is in the person of our Lord God. Think on what the author of Hebrews writes in Chapter 6:
16 Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. 17 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. (New Living Translation)
What a wonderful promise! What a revelation. We can have great confidence as we hold onto our Hope! It is as sure and steadfast as the One who has given us both His oath and His promise. And this is why Christian Apparel is good for the soul. To surround ourselves in truth and clothe ourselves in Hope.