|(Hannah, one of WCS senior players, models the latest Lady Wildcat gear!)|
We all want to look good, don't we? It carries over to almost every part of our lives. It starts when we are young but doesn't subside when we get older. We combine how we feel we look with how we feel about ourselves. There are numerous Biblical referrals to dressing up, often in terms of a bride for her husband. There are also warnings in James not to look down on those whose outfits are not stylish and Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that the body is more than clothing. Many of the clothing references have to do the relationship we have with the Lord. Romans 13:14 says, Rather, clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 19:8 speaks of the linen worn by the bride of the lamb
as being the righteous acts of the saints. Job, in his book, chapter 29 and verse 14, proclaims that I put on righteousness as my clothing. And Paul, in Galatians 3:27, puts it this way: for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. I like that last one- I had a good discussion with a friend about baptism tonight!
Do you know what I glean from those examples in contrasting our Christian clothing and basketball uniforms? Well, basketball uniforms are only worn for short periods of time. Come to think of it, we may struggle with that as believers as we deal with the taking off and the putting on of the Christian armor. Then there's the fact that as a basketball player, you wear different outfits home and away. Wait- we might have our church face and our world face, our church demeanor and our cultural demeanor so maybe that's not a good contrast either. I guess one thing about basketball uniforms is that they can identify who is with you and who is against you. Never mind- I just remembered Jesus in Matthew 7 gave this warning: Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Oh well, maybe basketball uniforms are simply basketball uniforms and not suitable for some deep spiritual conversation. But my girls' uniforms are different in one respect; they say Christian on the front. That puts the pressure right where it should fall- on the coach!
Applicable quote of the day:
"Just putting my uniform on keeps me going. Being able to get out there keeps me going. That's the best therapy."
Eric Davis (Major league baseball player)
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