Layer Up

He has clothed me with
garments of salvation.
    —Isaiah 61:10

Die-hard joggers run in all kinds of weather. Where seasonal temperatures are extreme, most prefer winter to summer because they can add layers in cold weather, but can only take off so much in a sizzling summer without being arrested.

The apostle Paul posted his signature locker collection for the Christian runner: “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. . . . And over all these virtues put on love . . .” (Col 3:12, 14).

Monitor your foul weather moods and layer up. When the cold wind of irritation nips at you, reach for a pullover of kindness. When the icy mist of frustration comes at you, zip up a jacket of patience. When a downpour of antagonism drenches you, a poncho of love is the answer.

Beware of spiritual frostbite.

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