I compromised today.
But it was cold.
And Jolly Roger looked so warm.
Let me explain.
For many years, I have held firm to boycotting the symbol representing my husband’s high school football team. A skull and crossbones. I don’t do death.
My Pirate attire consists of clean logos like this…
And our family opts out of opportunities to take the Friday night football program photo in front of this…
But, today, avast ye, matey! It was a wintry-bleak kind of cold. As I pulled toasty laundry from the dryer, shiver me timbers, my husband’s Pirate flag sweatshirt beckoned me to wrap up in a buccaneer bouquet of warmth. It was balmy booty awaiting discovery. (That’s treasure, people).
A dilemma arose. Do I break years of conviction for comfort? Do I compromise for convenience?
Aye, fellow swashbuckler! No one’s watching.
Within minutes of giving in, I felt awful. What if my little man noticed? Or what if someone pulled up in the driveway. Or what if death leapt from the shirt to my soul. (Okay. Not really on the last one. But, you must agree the skull and crossbones image is creepy).
Sure, it’s just a shirt. Granted, it might be an odd conviction, as well. (And I’m not asking you to borrow it. You can wear death as often as you choose. Just put something between you and the shirt. You know. In case, the leaping does actually occur.) But, the guilt was growing. I was ready to walk the plank!
Thankfully, my compromise was a simple shirt I could quickly shed. And you can laugh at this whole dilemma.
How often, however, are deep convictions broken for convenience and comfort. Concessions which are costly. Following the flesh in spite of the Spiritual warnings.
No more lures of Jolly Roger. Even the warm and toasty on a frigid day.
I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing,and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16-25)