We have had some cold weather the last couple of weeks and I really don’t care for it. I am ready for the weather to change. I was totally caught by surprise the other day and left for the office in just a shirt and a pair of slacks. The wind started whipping around a couple of hours later, the air was cold and damp and I felt like I was freezing! Generally, when it’s cold I like to put on a coat and a hat and maybe even one of my “Mr. Rogers’ sweaters” before I head out the door.
As I was shivering on the way to my car after work, I was reminded by the temperature that I need to be better prepared and put on the right things when I head out in the morning to face the world. Otherwise, it will be a long day. God’s word reminds us that we should also prepare ourselves spiritually every day to face the world. Paul tells Christians in Colossians 3:12
Col 3:12 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”
I love Paul’s reminder to the Church. We should never leave our house without a heart of compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience. We are to head out the door prepared to help one another, love one another, and forgive one another just as Christ has done for us. Every morning we should make sure we are appropriately dressed. It makes for a better day.