Some­thing to think about…

Big Spring Herald - - RELIGION -

There were sev­eral kids and even some teach­ers walk­ing around the school this morn­ing wear­ing pa­ja­mas. As we en­tered the school, I thought we were lost and some­how ended up at Wal­mart, where pa­ja­mas in pub­lic is ac­cept­able at­tire. In re­al­ity, it is just “spirit week” in our com­mu­nity. I'm not sure who came up with the idea, but our chil­dren wear “in­ter­est­ing” out­fits to show their school spirit.

Nor­mally we wouldn't send our kids to school in pa­ja­mas, but to­day is a spe­cial ex­cep­tion. How­ever, it re­minded me of the nu­mer­ous times we've looked at our chil­dren and said, “You are not go­ing out wear­ing that.” They in­evitably re­tort, “Why not! What's wrong with what I'm wear­ing?” Be­cause… those clothes are dirty, you've been wear­ing that same shirt for four days, it is freez­ing out­side so you can't wear shorts and san­dals… well you get the idea. It is amaz­ing how many bat­tles we have over some­thing as sim­ple as cloth­ing. The strug­gle is real. At the heart of it, we know what our chil­dren are wear­ing is a re­flec­tion on us and we don't want any calls from CPS be­cause our chil­dren ap­pear ne­glected.

I some­times won­der if our Heav­enly Fa­ther feels the same way. If we lis­ten closely, I think we'll of­ten hear Him say, “You're not re­ally go­ing out wear­ing that, are you?” Of course, He is not as con­cerned with our clothes as He is with our spir­i­tual cov­er­ing. In Colos­sians 3, Paul tells us to “take off the old self with its prac­tices and put on the new self, which is be­ing re­newed in knowl­edge in the im­age of its Creator.” God has pro­vided new cloth­ing for us. We need to take off our old clothes; old at­ti­tudes, mind­sets, pri­or­i­ties, and prac­tices so that we can put on the new. As Paul goes on to write:

“There­fore, as God's cho­sen peo­ple, holy and dearly loved, clothe your­selves with com­pas­sion, kind­ness, hu­mil­ity, gen­tle­ness and pa­tience. Bear with each other and for­give one an­other if any of you has a griev­ance against some­one. For­give as the Lord for­gave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all to­gether in per­fect unity.” (Colos­sians 3:12-14 NIV)

What are you wear­ing? We are con­nected to Christ. We rep­re­sent Him in this world. May we stop try­ing to spir­i­tu­ally dress our­selves with those dirty old clothes we find ly­ing around. In­stead I pray that we put on the cloth­ing that He paid for and picked out for us. We will look and feel so much bet­ter!

RichaRd sch­negeRgeR

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