Originally published Thursday, 02 April 2015.
Recently I watched Dior and I, a documentary of Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as its new artistic director. As I watched it, I was struck by the creativity and skill that resides inside so many people. I saw the evolution of a labour of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators from concepts, sketches into an amazing fashion show. I saw too the emotion of Raf Simons' as he watched the models take his creations down the runway. His tears as his dream become reality. I also saw the amazing craft and skill of the seamstresses and their passion to take a sketch and to make it 3 dimensional.
This beautiful documentary to me had an unspoken story. That of a God who places dreams and giftings inside each of us and when we step into the reality of those dreams and when we outwork our giftings the ordinary becomes extraordinary. We can overcome obstacles. The seamstresses worked well into the night to finish the garments. Raf Simons inspired by a painting in an art gallery created a beautiful ethereal material, pushing past convention to make it happen.
When we become who God made us to be it is a glorious thing. St Irenaeus said “The glory of God is a man / woman fully alive”. This is what I believe – our light shines brighter, we illuminate and reveal God when we are fully alive – embracing all that we are, all the we’re called to be. To be alive, to be fully alive, we need to be true to who God has called us to be, who God has made us to be, and to realise that we can enjoy the life that we’re in.
"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!" (St Catherine of Siena)
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