Are you the same? I do great when I'm by myself, drinking my coffee, reading my Bible. I feel so strong in my faith at that point in my day- it's really funny when I think about it. Driving in my car and listening to worship music is easy-peasy. I feel so connected, so spiritual. I feel the glow around my head (just kidding... maybe). I don't even have to mess with traffic when I'm driving at 6 AM. I usually rely on my armor when the people come out- whoever the people might be. Kids, spouses, students, coworkers, teachers, neighbors, bosses. People on the road, people in the store, people on social media, people texting, people calling. Because I want to love people well, as soon as the relationships start, I need that armor!
So what to do? Of course I rely on the armor, I pray, I try to remember what I've studied in the Word. But honestly, most of the time my life is so CRAZY BUSY that I need a little extra reminder. And, as any teacher will tell you, when we need a reminder we pull out our secret weapon:
(cue superhero music)
Think about this:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (emphasis mine)
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
1 Samuel 30:6 (emphasis mine)
David understood that he could strengthen himself in God. I don't want to idly sit and meditate on my worries and trials. At the very least, I'll grab a stack of post-its, start writing, and prayerfully place God's word all over my house- Miss Clara style.