Published July 7, 2015

Shelia Shares
"Appropriately Equipped"

Paul and I have been working around the outside of our house recently, making needed repairs. Now please keep in mind that neither of us is an outdoor person. I know people who can't wait to get outside. We are not like that.

Our gutters and down spouts had rusted out and holes were allowing water to go where it should never have gone. So, we had those gutters and spouts replaced professionally. However, we also needed the underground drainage system to be replaced, since some of the old pipes were totally filled with dirt and debris.

Paul dug up most of the drainage pipes. I removed the bushes around the area. Both were big, exhausting jobs.

The PVC sewer pipes we removed were too long to transport to our dumpster at the office, so Paul needed to cut them down into manageable size. He asked me to help hold onto them as he cut.

As I watched him cutting the first pipe, I could see the pipe vibrating. I debated how I could hold the pipe steady without making my legs or shoulders hurt. Finally, I decided to find my winter boots.

So, with temperatures in the high 80s, I put on my snow boots. I placed the PVC pipe between my boots and it held firm while Paul used the saw. With my limited size and strength, I could not have held the pipe for him otherwise. But, with the boots protecting my legs, I made his job a bit easier.

When we have a job to do, we need to be correctly equipped and clothed.

The Bible speaks to this spiritually. We read in Ephesians 6: 10-20 about dressing appropriately:

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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.

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."

Take time today to dress appropriately. Dress to do your job. Dress to do your calling. Dress for spiritual battle each day. You will be protected and it will be easier to remain standing in the Lord and the power of His might.

- Shelia

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