People are busy running around here and there making plans and preparing for one of the most joyous times of the year.
Many times in their haste they forget to prepare themselves properly. I get to the store and see people dressed in every kind of garb including pajamas. People are rude, loud, bossy and pushy.
It makes me remember how my mom used to lay out my clothes each night before bed. I did the same for my kids when they were small. Maybe we need lessons again in choosing clothing.
And Everyone rushes past the bell ringing person standing in the cold.
Store clerks are ignored while shoppers talk on their phones. Store greeters never get looked at in the eye. Children are crying, parents are hollering.
What a wonderful time of the year. (Sarcasm)
But it could be. It should be, if we would just prepare ourselves and plan our attitudes with the same diligence that we plan our other activities.
Did you acknowledge God this morning?
Did you get dressed in what God laid out for you?
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, (put on) a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things (put on) love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:12-16 NASB)
Did you put on?
A. A heart of compassion
I want to get dressed in these beautiful clothes that He picked out and laid before me. I have time to get dressed properly.
What are you wearing today?