Have you ever noticed how sedentary you can become within the span of a couple of days? I have become painfully aware of this the past month.
This Texas winter weather has been its usual self, icy roads, a dusting of snow, freezing rain. And within 2 or 3 days it feels like spring again, tempting us out of our winter wear and into short sleeves. Personally I love snow days IF I can stay indoors by the fireplace with a pot of coffee and a good book, or my laptop and hours to work on another book.
On these brief days my attire looks something like this: pajama pants or sweats, sweatshirt, cozy socks and slippers, no make-up and a ponytail. And of course a coffee cup in my left hand. Sitting in my chair, reading or typing. For these couple of Texas snow days I will be found only occasionally rising from my chair to pour more coffee and stoke the fire. Don’t get me wrong. I still home-school my children, cook for my family, and do laundry, but that’s about it.
And then the cold disappears and I have found that during my slipper-wearing-coffee-cup-toting days some things have gone unattended. The furniture is dusty, the floors dirty, the dishes are a bit behind, the yoga mat forgotten…..and the list goes on.
I have one word for what happens to me during snow days…….SEDENTARY! And I blame it on my shoes and clothes. I did a little experiment to prove it during the last burst of Texas ice/sleet/snow.
Instead of my customary winter indoor attire, I put on “normal” clothes and my turquoise Nikes leaving behind my slippers and sweats. Amazingly I just couldn’t SIT all day. I FELT differntly, and ACTED differently. I cleaned out a closet, went through old mail and files, threw away and tossed out accumulated paperwork, and just kept finding projects to tackle. I even found the time to do 30 minutes of yoga.
Yes, I definitely blame it on the clothes and shoes. They really do affect my actions and mental state. Whether you agree or not, that’s ok. I just see how it works for me. Slippers and sweats make me sit too long. Nikes and “normal” clothes make me want to do and be aware of the things around me that need my attention. I feel geared up and ready for the day when I am dressed for it.
After too much sitting and reading and doing a whole lot of nothing, I felt as if I had become another piece of furniture or at the very least that I was molded to my brown leather chair and ottoman.
Sendentary, seated, somewhat inactive, accustomed to little activity, in one place often, stationary.
Then it got me to thinking…….
How is the “spiritual” side of us affected by what we wear?
Just for the record: I BELIEVE WE ARE BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT. I BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE BIBLE.
That’s what lead me to this conclusion: Spiritually I need to “put on” certain things and gear up for the day so that I am not caught unprepared, unaware, seated, somewhat inactive, sedentary! Life is hard enough as it is, much less trying to run the race of life in fuzzy slippers when we should be wearing our Nikes! So much is at stake each and every day that we must prepare and get ready. I needed a change in wardrobe.
PUT ON light, mercy, kindness, peace, truth, faith, just to name a few. Don’t be caught unprepared and unaware today!
Some scripture to ponder:
Romans 13:12 (NKJV)
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Ephesians 4:24 (NKJV)
24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 6:10-17 (NKJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
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