Comfortable Clothing

Comfortable Clothing

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

I don’t write nearly as often as I used to. It’s not that I don’t have something to say. And it’s not that I don’t have the Internet or the computer. It’s that my days seem to be much more full than they used to be some months ago, and my thoughts and thought patterns seem to be much more “spread out” than they used to be. Where it was at one time I could mull over some topic for a considerable period of time, even days, now it seems that there is always something to interrupt that process. There is always some other thing that needs attention. Something else is vying for the “thought time” I have available.
Who knew that semi-retirement would be like this? Who knew that I’d be right back in the soup, as it were? Who knew that life would remain a challenge in this particular way? Certainly, I did not. Having spent fifty years in the work force, I was looking forward to a little down time. One would think that wouldn’t be too much to ask. However, that’s not the way it has come about.
“Church work,” although usually not physically strenuous, nevertheless can be wearing, taxing, and long. The hours can be odd, the things dealt with can seem like mountains to be climbed, and the reward for a job well-doe can be so fleeting. Of course, it’s that way with many vocations today. Many of my friends and family, including of course, church family, are in the same kind of work. We get up, face the day, put on our best faces, and seize the day at hand. We do our jobs, produce results, and then do it all over again the next day.
But let me tell you something. If you’re a Christian; if you’re a child of God, all of your days should be work days. Even your days of rest should be work days in that you are being refreshed and made ready for what is to come. Christians don’t have a day off when they don’t have to be Christians anymore. We always are called to be the beacon that points people to Jesus Christ. We always have a message. We always are setting ourselves as examples. We always should be ready to give an answer for the Hope that lies within us.
So, as I sit in my church office on a Saturday morning, here because the work demands that I be here, I am reminded that even though Saturday is often a day off for me, I’m really not off work. I’ve not left my Christianity on the shelf somewhere. I can’t relax and take off my faith. Nor would I want to do so. My faith is who I am. I am comfortable wearing the Name of Jesus. That is my clothing, and my prayer and hope is that it always clothes me.
No one likes to wear clothing or shoes that don’t fit. It’s a continual struggle to get through the day with that kind of discomfort. Being comfortable in the clothing you are wearing is vital to having a good day. In the same way, be comfortable in your faith. If you are comfortable in the cloak of Christianity, your day will be more productive, and you will enjoy the time you’ve been given here on earth. On the other hand, if your faith doesn’t fit right…if you and your faith don’t “get along” well…if you’d be much more comfortable not having to wear the Name of Jesus Christ through the day, but do so because of “appearances,” your days will be days of weariness, discomfort, and fatigue. Because your spiritual clothing doesn’t fit, you’ll always struggle with it; always fuss with it; always wish you didn’t have to endure it.
I don’t know what you need to do in order to make your spiritual clothing comfortable for you. Only you and God know that. I do know that I get through my days much easier knowing that my clothing fits…that I’m comfortable being a child of God. Not physical comfort like an easy chair or a full stomach…but a spiritual comfort and peace that enables me to get up again the next day, face the day, and be God’s partner in redeeming the creation.

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