On Bell BottomsJuly 14, 2019
“On Bell Bottoms”
In my growing up years few fashion items carried as much disdain as “Bell Bottoms.” For some I don’t need to explain this fashion trend (aka disaster) because a many of you wore these with great exuberance. But for the younger set, bell bottoms were a pant mostly popular in the 1960’s and required a flared leg – the more flared the better. Unfortunately this style reappeared in the last few years but with a new name , flared jeans, but the similarity to the fashion of 50 years ago is unmistakable.
The changing of fashion is a little bit of a reflection on the stages that make up our lives. Many of us can’t remember when we learned “The Alphabet Song” but we know we sang it repeatedly in elementary school. But my guess is that it has been a while since you’ve sang it out loud – unless you are like most people who silently sing it when trying to find anything alphabetical. A visit to the library reinforces these season of life with categories like: Kids, Juvenile Fiction, Young Adult Adventure, or Adult Non-Fiction. It’s probably been a while since you’ve read any of the Nancy Drew of Hardy Boys books.
When is the last time you’ve sang through some of the songs you learned in Sunday School. “Father Abraham has many sons …” (You just finished it didn’t you?) Or this one, “I may never march in the infantry, ride in the cavalry, …”
One that a lot of us know starts with “Oh be careful little …” And each verse encouraged you in a different area – eyes, ears, mouth, and feet. This song has been in my mediations the last few weeks. Even though it was something we sang as kindergartner’s, the truth is especially necessary for adults. Ephesians 5:15 drives the point home. The word “walk” speaks to the whole of your life. Consider how your life is. Are you living wisely? This includes your relationship with family and friends. It must include an evaluation of my life in light of what Jesus has done for me. Commit today to walk “circumspectly”. When you do, you’ll never regret it.
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