Holy jeans or holy perception?

Published 12:03 am Saturday, May 23, 2020

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Karen Stevens

Why is it that jeans are stylish when they have multiple holes in them, but not fashionable when there are holes in a lace gown?  Is it perception, or because we put the holes in the jeans on purpose, and the gown was accidental?

It’s the same gown but we look at it differently when it has holes.  We see it as flawed, torn or moth eaten.  But the jeans are perfect and chic.

They both have holes in the garments, so why the big deal between the two?  And what about the old adage – “You can put a dress on a pig, but he is still just a pig?”  Does that adage hold true with humans?  Do cloths cover up who we are?  Do they cover our flaws?  (You bet they do!  LOL!  Among other things, they cover a lot of excess weight.)

Maybe we see the lace gown as innocents and unspoiled, until there becomes a tear or hole.  And maybe we see the jeans as worn and comfortable, learned and mature, stable and acceptable.

Even though we see the lace gown as flawed and unworthy of our attention, does God see it the same as the jeans?  We think one is chic, but we purposely put those holes there, the flaws.  Or maybe we don’t see them as flaws anymore, because we have changed our mind on how we view the holes in certain things.

We don’t see all holes the same way, just some of the holes.  They are all holes, just holes in different items.

So, our mind can become askew to how we see things, maybe because of everyone else’s viewpoint.

As I write this, I’m reminded of the book “Holes”.

My youngest son loved the book, but not so much the movie.  They were in search of treasure, hence all the holes.  So, holes can be viewed as a good thing, and a bad thing.  I know there are some Goth people that like holes in lace.  So, does that make their way of thinking wrong?  I guess if there was a hard-fast rule about holes in lace, then it would be wrong.  If you read a hard-fast rule in the Bible, do you view it as just that – the way we should think and see things?  Or do you just skim over it, and believe what everyone else does?

When you read the Bible, are you looking for the holes?  If you are looking for holes, are you looking for the treasure, or are you just looking for holes?  Are you wanting things to fit into your own way of seeing things, or are you trying to see things in their pure, innocent form?  If someone repeats something enough, would that change your mind into believing it?  If you saw it repeated in everyday life, would that make it alright to you?

I’m sure some of you look at jeans with holes as worn and tattered – not as a chic garment.  Are you looking at things thru a filter of “well, that’s not how it’s been done in the past?”, or “I was never taught that way?”

We need to read the Bible with a different attitude and mind set.

We need to see it thru the eyes of the guys who wrote it, not thru our filtered outlook.  When you read the Bible, ask God to show you His truth, in His word.

After all, He is the one that really wrote it.  He should be able to interpret it correctly, holes and all.


Karen Y. Stevens is founder of Orange County Writers Guild