I was a child of the eighties. The eighties was an awesome decade. The word, awesome, actually came from the eighties, I think. I still believe the best music of all time is eighties music. My favorite XM Radio station is the one that plays only eighties music. Almost without fail, I can sing along to every song. I can’t seem to remember where I put my phone or my keys, but those awesome lyrics, I remember.
Fashion in the eighties was something else. It was BIG. It was BOLD. The bigger the shoulder pads, the better. The bigger the hair, the better, too. The money we girls and rock band members collectively dropped on Aqua Net hairspray could probably settle the national debt today. I remember owning painters pants in every color. Oh, color! The eighties were all about fierce color. And it was about color coordination!
One of the things I took with me from the eighties, along with all the lyrics to every Top 40 hit ever written back then, is the Matchy Matchy Curse. Everything in the eighties had to match. My blue, yellow, and red top with the huge shoulder pads had to be paired with my blue painter’s pants that matched my blue earrings. The yellow in my sweater had to match the yellow of the bow in my hair. And the whole outfit was not complete until I put on my red Jellies shoes. I was stylin’ back then, let me tell you.
Matchy Matchy is no longer a thing. It hasn’t been for quite some time, and yet I just cannot bring myself to let it go. This, even after becoming a student of the TLC show, “What Not to Wear”, where Clinton and Stacey always said, “It doesn’t have to match, it just has to GO.” And I could see it. I really could, but when it came to putting that rule into practice for my own wardrobe, I couldn’t do it. I have to match. It’s a curse.
I suppose I could suffer from worse curses. At least I was able to let go of my Aqua Net.
In the world of things that really matter, there are worse things than a compulsion to match our outfits that we cannot leave behind. You don’t have to be a child of the eighties to hold onto things that make no sense. What are you holding onto that is holding you back? What disparaging statement did someone say to you once upon a time that you cannot help but hear again and again in your mind and causes you to doubt your worth?
You do the things you have always done because you have always done them, but you haven’t considered making a change that could benefit you because you… just… can’t. Maybe you have an idea about God that you learned years ago that keeps you from fully embracing Him and trusting Him enough to step into your destiny.
The decisions you have made in your life have brought you to where you are right now. But what if there is more for you? What if the only thing standing in the way of the wonderful plan God has for your life is… you? It’s time to let go of some stuff. It’s time to stop believing what the world says about who you are and start believing what God says about who you are.
And in case you don’t know what He says about who you are… here you go.
You are the called, anointed, chosen, loved, wise, adored, rescued, healed, included, encouraged, appointed, empowered, prepared, courageous, equipped, gifted, and beautiful Daughter of the Most High King.
That’s the line that needs to play again and again in your mind. Why? Because it’s the truth, and there is nothing that woman can’t do!