Archive for August, 2011

“Totally repackaged”

A tall, thin tow-head walked into the auditorium Sunday night.  Oh, I knew it was him when I saw him.  There was no doubt it was him even if he was what seemed to be just a shell of the man I’d seen on television many times before.

Lawrence Pfohl was the guest speak this past Sunday at New Beginnings Christian Church.  Don’t know that name?  Well, how about the name Lex Luger.

Luger talked about his past.  He mentioned playing professional football for 15 years and busting his way through lines of players.  He also mentioned his 15 years in professional wrestling.  This was a man who was at the very tip-top of his game for a long time, holding multiple top titles.  But he describes it as a “self-centered, Lex-centered life” of chasing “fame, fortune, and glamour.”

It wasn’t until five years ago when “the Total Package” found himself sitting in a Cobb County Jail cell that he realized something had to change.  The wrestler had already had a near-death overdose experience and multiple run-ins with law enforcement.  One of the things that helped him turn his life around was a chaplain he’d befriended.

The Pfohl house was not known for attending church.  So it was a bit awkward and un-nerving for the former pro-wrestler to find himself about to enter a Sunday evening service at his friend’s request.  This was just the first baby step Luger took in finding his place with Christ.  On April 23, 2006, gave his life to Christ, ironically on the same couch that just the year earlier he had overdosed on.

Since then, the wrestler has grown in Christ.

“I’m a kindergardener now,” he proudly said after having described himself as an spiritual infant before.  His message that evening was riddled with nuggets from the gospel itself, a true indication that this was no longer a “Lex-centered” man but now a Christ-centered one.

Life has not been without its challenges for him.  Three-and-a-half years ago, Luger awoke to find himself paralyzed from the neck down.  Doctors told him and his family that there was a less than 5 percent chance he would ever even be able to move from the neck down.  This same man was not only able to walk and talk and shake hands with fans Sunday night but had even driven himself to the event.  That vibrant, gentle man who gave his testimony that night may be “totally repackaged”, but I think he likes it that way!

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“I am NOT a clothes horse!”

For those of you who’ve never met me in person or just never noticed, I am not a clotheshorse!  Neither am I a fashionista by any means.  I’m not saying that I dress like a slob, I’m just not fashionable.  So that’s where television and friends come into play.

One of my favorite shows on TLC is What Not to Wear with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.  I think the main reason I love this show is that I get to learn what they learn.  I can take away the tips for dressing that the two of them give the unsuspecting “clients” and put them to use in my own life.  And it’s great to see the true transformation in these people.  Stacy and Clinton give them back a pride in themselves and help them see that they truly are worth putting the bit of effort into dressing.  Not to mention, some of the final makeovers are just stunning to see!

I also take a lot of clues from friends.  I take notes on what’s in style, quasi based on what I see others wearing and quasi what looks good on them too.  Now, if you want someone to follow as far as a blog, I can definitely recommend my stylish friend, Sarah Gilliland.  This new mom of twins majored in apparel merchandising at Auburn University and always seems to be well-dressed, whatever the occassion.  Today’s blog post actually inspired this post and has a couple of things to look for in next season’s styles.  So check her out now and go head and be following her blog so you get a heads up on what all is going to be in style for the fall!

So what is my own personal style?  I suppose I confess that while we’re on the subject.  I don’t necessarily have a very definitive one, but if I were to name it, I suppose it’d be “casual professional” for the most part.  Now, if I’m left to my own devices, it’s jeans and a t-shirt of some sort (either solid cotton or printed from various sources).  However, since I do work for a living, I have to maintain some sense of knowing how to dress.  Typically, it’s a pair of slacks and a nice solid colored shirt.  I don’t really do skirts or dresses since they’re just not very practical to me.  Not to mention, hose are just not comfortable and thigh-highs aren’t much better.  So I’m not fancy but look nice enough with some classic jewelry added to polish it off.

Got any tips you’ve picked up over the years?  Anything you’re dying to ask about fashion-wise?