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21 March 2008

Dark Blue Jeans

As I put on my new, very blue and very stiff, jeans yesterday, I thought, "Hey, I look like an old guy with no fashion sense." (Standard sort of disclaimer here -- not everyone who wears new jeans is old, nor does this situation necessarily indicate that they have no fashion sense.)

My whole problem with new (non pre-washed, pre-tattered, pre-grunged-out, pre-etc.) jeans is that there's a period of time during which I have to feel and look uncomfortable wearing them before they become more of a part of my persona. I reasoned that there must be some great, deep, spiritual significance to the fact that those jeans will not be favorites of mine until they've been worn and washed a kabillion times.

Sure enough, there is...

"So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:46-47, NKJV)

"Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people." (Luke 2:52, NLT)

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT)

"Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14, NLT)

Each of these verses speaks of a progression that is built upon daily life spent in the presence of God and in being together with other Christ-followers. "Continuing daily..." "Jesus grew..." "The Holy Spirit produces..." "Work at..."

There's no doubt that when we get to know our Creator personally, there will be things in our lives that just don't mesh with what He desires and commands. We have to be willing to "wear" this new life daily and God will begin to adjust our thinking, reasoning, and personalities, and we will begin to adopt the Christ-life as an integral, living part of who we are.

(The photo of those boss 1970's jeans comes from LuLu's Vintage Blog)


Leroy said...

I'm glad those genes are no longer in circulation. Effectively removed from the jean pool. Har, har...

Leroy said...

I misspeelled :) the first jean - "genes" should be "jeans". Kind of takes away from the joke. :(

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