At the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., a half circle of ladies pressed close to the glass to see the manikins decked out in Presidential First Lady gowns.

Spanning a hundred years, all the formal dresses stood out with custom designer touches.

“That would make me feel like Queen for a Day,” one commented. “Look at the beadwork!”

“Love those fabric roses! How unique!” another women cooed.

“What beautiful draping!”

“Wow! What a dress to wear to a ball!”

Not all in the crowd agreed. If ever there was a test case for the differences in viewpoint between male and female, this was it. Two school-aged brothers scowled. The taller one clamped his arms over his chest and looked up at his mother, “Can we go, Mom? This is boring.”

“Not now.”

“Know what I think?” The older son interjected in a voice that drowned out the ooos and ahhs. He uncrossed his arms and pointed to one gown at a time in a row and commented, ““Ugly! Ugly! Ugly! And…” he started, “AW…” then his younger sibling cried with him“…FUL!”

“AWFUL! Yeah!” they repeated. The two boys affirmed their opinions with a high-five and a smile.

“Now can we go? We want to see the trains and cars.”

Transportation was a hands-down victory over ball gowns.

It seems that the world most often evaluates a person’s value by their financial statements, clothes they wear, position, or possessions. Like the boys in this story, opinions of value may vary.

But the best dressed on earth and in Heaven are those close to the Creator, who loves us all. The best dressed shine with a heart close to Him, for the value is in the relationship and the person he created. Each is a unique designer piece with no equal. By comparison, the Presidential designer gowns look like burlap bags.

Jesus himself said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs on your head are numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” [Luke 12:6-7]

More on God’s provision and value comes in Jesus’ words from Matthew, “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you… So do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ for the pagans run after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”?” [Matthew 6:28-33]

The richness of relationship with God trumps transportation and clothes. And with that, each of us gets the Creator’s The Best Dressed Award. And what could be better than that?


Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from, her speaking engagements and website, Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]










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