This afternoon we went to Phoenix to get fitted for our tuxedo’s for my daughter’s wedding.
I learned something from my tailor.
He told me, Your tuxedo fitting is very important. Without a good fitting, your tux will not hang right on your body and will not be comfortable. You should have two fittings. The first fitting happens when you first order your tuxedo. It shouldn’t take more than 10 to 20 minutes to get your initial fitting. The tailor will take your neck and sleeve size for your shirt, your waist and out seam for your trousers and chest for your coat size. The second final fitting will occur usually when you pick up the tuxedo to bring it home. It is basically a check of the first fitting to make sure everything fits correctly. A good fitting will insure the following:
1. The tuxedo jacket should allow for free movement in the arms and should lay smoothly along the back.
2. Tuxedo pants should just barely touch the top of your shoe and should be hemmed with no cuff.
It reminds me of the story in the Old Testament where King Saul tries to help David fight Goliath by giving him his armor to wear.
“Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on
him over the armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge. David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off. ” 1 Samuel 17:38,39 (message)
David couldn’t move around comfortably in “hand me downs”. He had to get out of another person’s armor to fight effectively.
The same is true for all of us. We have got to have a tailor made faith that fits us perfectly. We can’t live a life based on another persons faith or beliefs.
A good fitting faith is a personal tailor made faith.
I like what John Mason says; “We are all born originals…don’t die a copy.”