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at the end of the day,
when the stress
and concerns
have worn you thin
and stolen your energy,
where do you hang your hat?

when joy abounds
and you run home to share the news,
where dost thou put thine topper?

when you walk in the door
at the end of the day,
what do you do with your hat?

and where does it sit
when it’s time to go out?
are you searching for it?
cursing yourself for not putting it away?
or is it someplace reliable,
steady,
consistent?

where do you hang your hat?

we all have one,
a hat, that is.
it is the covering on our heads,
the last thing we put on,
the first thing we take off.

what is your covering?
when you leave the safety of your home,
when you return back to rest,
what covers you while you are out?

“put on the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to stand firm
against the schemes of the devil.”
–ephesians 6:11

God gives us
an entire set of armor
to protect us in this world.

truth
righteousness
the gospel of peace
faith
salvation
the Word of God

powerful, powerful armor.
but this is only part of your hat.
if you leave the house
with these atop your noggin,
you will do well.

but you want to know what will take your life
from ho-hum
to extraordinary?

you need to find
the armor
that is right for you.

“Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor.  David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them.  So David said to Saul, ‘I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.’ And David took them off.” –I Samuel 17:38-39

when facing the enemy,
it is important to use
your own armor.
saul, a successful warrior, tried to give his armor to david in order to fight goliath.
though david tried the armor on, he did not use it, for it did not fit him,
nor did it work with david’s unique skills and abilities.

david was not a traditional warrior.
instead, he warred against wild animals as he guarded his flock of sheep.
the weapons of a successful shepherd
are far different
than that of a military warrior.

where has God called you?
what is He asking of you?  of your life?

“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” –ephesians 4:11-12

we are each equipped,
special for what God has called us to do.

i have equippings
for writing,
teaching,
speaking.
and though i love to bake,
God has not given me that gift
for my primary service to Him.
if i tried to use it as such,
i would be destroyed
by the pressure,
the disappointment,
and the struggle to make something that does not fit
be my warrior’s gear in this world.

david knew this truth as well.
“he took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand…then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands…and David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead.  And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.” –I Samuel 17:40, 45, 46-47, 49

are you warring in this battle
with the tools
made especially for you
by the hand of the Lord, God Almighty?

or do you stumble about
waddling around
in another person’s armor?

know your calling.
know better your God.
trust His hand,
His equipping,
and His guidance…

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.” –Ephesians 3:20-21

do you leave the house in the morning,
covered and equipped
with the unique giftings
God has given?
do you set them down at the end of the day,
resting in the arms of the One who gave you the tools?

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