“I’ve got spirit wear, yes, I do! I’ve got spirit wear, how ’bout YOU?”
This, my friends, is spirit-wear…
You know what I’m talking about. If you have kids, you likely own spirit wear to either cheer on their school (less pompous-sounding than the “My-child-is-an-honor-student-at-______ school” bumper stickers), or to celebrate the fact that you paid Parks and Rec $80 so your 5-yr. old could pick dandelions in the outfield on the Lightning Bolts T-ball team.
And the big boys and girls wear it, too, proudly supporting their favorite teams: Cardinals, Angels, Dodgers, Broncos, Cowboys, cowboys who ride broncos, angels who are dodging cardinals.
Literally, we’ve got bushels of spirit wear at my house, from The Girl with the Curls’ K-12 and beyond uber-extracurricular days, all the way to Coach’s plethora of hoodies, t-shirts, polos, shorts and jerseys.
Loads and loads and loads of spirit wear.
They wear it, I wash it.
Every. Few. Days.
What’s the allure of Spirit wear? It’s like we want the world to know certain things about us, like where we’ve been, what we’ve done, who we support. We CHOOSE to be walking billboards.
But, what do people really see when they look at you and me?
More than which team we want to win the big game, what if they saw us, what we truly value, who we really are on the inside?
I mean, really, who would want to wear t-shirts that proclaimed to the world that they are:
Jealous. Angry. Sexually immoral. Lustful. Malicious. Liars. Greedy. Idolaters. Slanderers. Full of rage.
Yep, there’d be some dirty laundry in that hamper, and no amount of Febreze could touch it!
A change in spirit wear altogether seems necessary. What if we took off the old filthy stuff, and were instead clothed with the Holy Spirit? What if our lives proclaimed this:
Compassion. Mercy. Kindness. Humility. Gentleness. Patience. Forgiveness. Love. Peacefulness. Thankfulness.
Maybe that kind of billboard could show the world who we’re really cheering for?