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When Will I Ever Learn to Wear My Apron?

My new sportsy hoodie… with cooking oil spots… that will not come out… Why?… Because… I think I have arrived at the point of cooking that I can maneuver frying potatoes or chicken without getting anything on my clothes. After all, I've been cooking for over two decades! After all, I am too busy to grab one of my pretty… or cute… or even old worn out aprons and put one on. After all, I just have to get this cooking started; I can put an apron on later. I have to stay ahead of the game…

When I splashed grease on my new comfy hoodie, I asked myself out loud, "When will I ever learn?" It made me think about how easy it is to go through life, neglecting to do what I know I should.

Perhaps, it's neglecting to put on the apron of the armor of God to meet the battles of the day. Sure, I've heard it all my life. Sure, I know I should. Why do I think I am going to get through the day without some battle wounds if I neglect to armor up in God's Word? "Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6 lists the pieces of armor we need to put on to stand for God.

Maybe, it's neglecting to put on the apron of good deeds to bless someone? It's a little easier to make a point to bless those friends at church, but what about those in my own home? What intentions have I had in my mind to begin or to do that I continually put off – resulting in being mere intentions – not actions? Proverbs 3:27 states, "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it."

Sometimes, it's neglecting to put on the apron of the fruit of the Spirit. Maybe, I checked off most of my to do list today and served the army three meals, but how did it get done? With all the fruits found in Galatians 5:22-23, 25? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such is no law…If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."

Just as I need to wear my apron to cook, I need to put on my "spiritual aprons" as I serve my Lord. Do you always wear your apron?

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