Nina’s essentials are fabulous, but we mustn’t forget the 8 essentials to put on every day:
1- A belt (of truth)
2-Blouse (of righteousness)
3-Shoes (of the preparation of peace)
4-Sunglasses and Umbrella (shield of faith)
5-Hat (of salvation)
6-Cell phone (the sword of the spirit)
7-A bag (for prayer and supplication)
8-A great scarf (of zeal)
What’s the need of these essentials to put them on daily?
“We are pressed, but not crushed; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We can only live victoriously and prosperously by putting on the full ensemble daily. By associating one essential with the other, we’ll be reminded to put on the full display.
The belt of truth
We are to test all things and then hold on only to that which is good—the truth—discarding all else. Remember Nina said a good pair of black high-heels allows the other pieces of your outfit to speak. Think of the belt as “tying” and securing all your pieces (thoughts and words) together to reflect the truth.
The blouse of righteousness
A great blouse not only covers your heart, but it helps you speak from the heart as well. Righteousness is doing what is right and upholding the basics of business (we discussed these in an earlier post).
The shoes of peace
When your footing is sure and unshakable, you’re prepared to go wherever directed. “Shoes allow us to step freely and without fear while we turn our full attention to the battle at hand.” It was Faith Whittlesey who said, “Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high-heels.”
Sunglasses and Umbrella (shield of faith)
A shield guards, deflects, and is the first line of defense. Just as sunglasses shield your eyes from UV damage and an umbrella shields you from the rain and wind, faith shields you from the elements, too. Any time you feel fear, doubt, or worry (about your business or otherwise), it’s because you let your shield of faith down. And, remember, these 8 essentials are all working together…
The hat of salvation
Hats protect the head or hair; special hats denote rank or standing. Salvation means to be saved or delivered from something. Think about all the kinds of hats there are imaginable (helmets for soldiers or athletes, birthday hats, big floppy sun hats, Berets, ball caps, etc…) Wearing our hat reminds us who we are. We are protected and special.
Cell phone (of the spirit)
Certainly, if you’ve ever left your phone at home by accident and not turned around to get it, you know what I mean when I say you feel as though you are missing a part of yourself the entire day. While the rest of the full attire is undoubtedly vital, it is the cell phone (sword) and only the sword that allows us to attack—to directly do the work that needs to be done daily. In this age, our phones are the connections to the world: E-mail, internet, social media, and you can even download The Bible app, too.
The bag for prayer and supplication
As we discussed about the bag already, a great bag has exactly what you need in it, when you need it.
The scarf of zeal
“Zeal is fuel. It is anything that drives people: their passion, their purpose, what they live for.” Wearing your business “colors” gives you a sense of belonging and oneness that is zealous.
We will quickly find ourselves unable to operate at our peak unless we are fueled by zeal. This means not only putting on the full attire of essentials daily, but encouraging and lifting up others around us to do so, also.
Aren’t you glad that Full Scope Services, LLC starts each day by putting on full attire?
Imagine what could be accomplished if everyone ran their business as zealously as that…