Sometimes I struggle to fathom my husbands thinking. Last weekend, when getting ready for church, I spotted that his socks not only had a hole at the toe, but also a huge hole at the heal – I mean there was very little sock left intact. When I told him he should throw them away he declared but “those are windows”! I managed to get him to throw them out and when I replaced them with brand new ones he was happy but refused to wear them as he wanted to keep them for good.
My husband is a hoarder – a hoarder of all sorts of things. When we were first dating he boasted that the shirt he was wearing was more than ten years old. The problem was it had holes in the sleeve so he could take his jacket off. While I’m someone who will gladly fill up the bin or give stuff away I do understand where Ramos is coming from. He has grown up in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, where you never throw anything away if you can possibly fix it or someone else can think of what to use it for.
But Ramos’ hording of broken things got me to thinking about how we hoard the broken things in our lives – bad habits. Paul tells us to take off our old habits and to put on new godly ones:
Colossians 3:8-12 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Paul’s picture here is of taking off those broken habits – they may be comfortable but the don’t function well in our new life of faith, and get dressed in new habits and behaviours. I particularly like this image as it reminds me that it is my choice, when I came to believe in Christ I was not hit on the head with a magic wand and transformed. I need to choose to undress and throw away those old habits and pick up and put on the new. Ramos’ socks with built-in windows made me think about the well-worn comfortable bad habits it still need to take off and throw away. Are you hoarding any bad habits? Throw them away and put on something new today