Pastor's Reflection - 11/9/17

I bought a nice, soft pullover sweater a few weeks ago. I tried it on at the store and it fit well, I like the color, and I thought I'd get a lot of use out of it this fall and winter. Of course, at the time, we were in the middle of a run of 70-degree-plus weather, so I simply hung it in my closet for a cooler day.
So that cooler day arrived this morning. I was so excited. I pulled the tag off the sweater, put it on and came downstairs to start the day. I don't even think I got around to turning the coffee maker on before I noticed that both of my shoulders felt itchy. Oh no. It couldn't be. I quickly pulled the sweater off to look at the fabric content. Yep. 5% wool. How did I miss that? I can usually tell immediately when an article of clothing has even 0.000005% wool in it right there in the store!
So the sweater is currently sitting on the kitchen counter right now waiting for me to return it. It was a nice sweater, I had wanted it really badly, but once I got it, I realized it wasn't such a wonderful sweater after all. But the good news is that I've learned to be more diligent about checking out fiber content before I purchase any more sweaters.
I suppose the other lesson to be learned is that there will always be something that comes along in life and it looks good, it's really tempting, and you want it very badly, but careful discernment is in order because ultimately it may not be in your best interest. That lesson even works in the life of faith, doesn't it?
Pastor Janice

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