Every year at walk in love. we release three major collections of products - Spring/Summer, Fall/Back To School and Winter/Christmas. And we are honestly excited about every single release. Each one is special to us for a different reason, but for me personally, I am always most excited about our Fall collections. Fall is my favorite time of year and so when we release our Back to School line in August every year, I know that hoodies, jeans, the Manheim Farm Show and Brooke's birthday are all right around the corner, which, I repeat, is so exciting!
But that's not the main reason why I am always most excited about our Fall release -- I am most excited about it because long before we design and release it, we specifically ask God to help us create something that will inspire students.
In high school I was not my best self. I wasn't a shining example of God's love, but instead was often arrogant, obnoxious and only looking out for myself and my popularity. Whenever I think back to my years in high school I feel a little regret in my heart for the hundreds of opportunities I missed.
I missed a chance to love people at an age where they feel unloved and broken.
I missed a chance to point others to Jesus with everything I did.
I missed a chance to be the shining light I was called to be.
I missed, quite possibly, the largest mission field I will ever have in my life.
And so our Back to School collection is incredibly important to me because it's my hope and prayer that while I missed my chance the students wearing walk in love. won't miss theirs. I believe that something as simple as a t-shirt can be the reminder that you need, at just the right time, to do the right thing, and point someone to the unfailing, never-ending, amazing love of Jesus.
I believe that someone reading a phrase like "Hallelujah" or "Do Not Fear" on your shirt can lead to a question and conversation, that leads to a relationship with the one who created them.
So why VICTORY you might ask?
When planning and thinking about our Fall 2016 collection we wanted students to be pumped up about going back to school. We want them to walk into their school hallways and onto their college campus knowing full well that VICTORY is already theirs. God has won the ultimate battle -- He has beat sin and death for you and me!
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
All you have to do is walk out that VICTORY! Claim that VICTORY! Live that VICTORY! And when you do, people will wonder... Why are you so happy? Why are you filled with such joy? Why do you not worry or fret? Why don't you gossip? Why don't you get angry? Why do you lose with such grace? Why do you not gloat when you win? Why do you help others? Why do you love so well? Why do you work so hard? Why? Why? Why?
And it is at those moments that we can say, "Because of Jesus..."
So as you go back to school, work, or whatever it might be this Fall, remember to walk each step in love and that the VICTORY is already yours.