Clothes Shopping?

Colossians 3:12

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

I was shopping — in the baby section of the store — and noticed that I could clothe my future grandchild in many different ways.  Do I want a girl of adventure?  Dora the Explorer to the rescue.  How about the traditional creatures of the Hundred Acre Wood?  A soccer star? Football fanatic?  There are clothes for every talent and interest.

But, as God’s chosen people — chosen by Him to be holy and blameless before Him (Ephesians 1) — we are to clothe ourselves with character, not characters.  I want to teach my grandchildren to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient.  But how can I expect to teach them if I have not learned those same character qualities.  Lord, help me to display the character that You desire.  I want to be who You want me to be.

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