I'll be in my apartment pool tomorrow at 6 AM or in about nine hours. This is about something I found on a previous swim. It is from May 29, 2010.
During the summer, I still get up early to run in our apartment pool. This morning, I hit the water at 6 AM, the perfect time weather-wise and crowd-wise. After completing my thirty-five minute run, I climbed out and was walking toward the gate when I found a little bracelet on the concrete. It was one of those WWJD? bead wristlets that were so popular several years ago. Apparently, a swimmer did not want want to wear it into the water and so laid it down...and forgot about it. I put it on one of the circular tables covered by umbrellas that decorate our pool area. I hope whoever it belongs to- and I'm guessing it's a girl- will come back and retrieve it. I would hate for it to end up discarded in the trash can.
In his epistles, Paul makes use of figurative language. We know about his admonition in Ephesians 6 that we should put on the full armor of God so we can withstand Satan. What's interesting to me is that he never mentions taking it off. To me, it's implied that once we put on the armor of God, it's permanent. We need it and it becomes part of us. In actuality, I think we sometimes wear our Christianity like that WWJD? bracelet I picked up this morning. We wear it when it's convenient and doesn't get in the way. But when it's not comfortable or popular or easily explainable, we slip it off, fulling intending to slip it back on at some point in the future when it's not quite so cumbersome. Maybe that's the point about armor- it's difficult to put on so it's not so easy to remove at a moment's notice. And, you never find it laying around the pool.
Applicable quote of the day:
"Jesus is God spelling Himself out in language that men can understand.''
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