Yes, I actually smell my clothes...
Only when they are brand new, that is. I inhale deeply as though breathing in the layers of fabric. You know the smell, right? I can't describe it, it's just... "new-ness." And then there's also the part about removing the price tags. I get overjoyed at the simple task of tearing off price tags. The ritualistic act shows that the item is now mine, and no longer the store's. Oh blue jeans, the smell of new blue jeans. How I love that smell!
I've never met anyone who desperately wanted a pair of "hand-me-downs." But one of my sisters is the one to ask if any clothing item is missing. She's the sister to query when you can't find your pair of jeans. It's her suitcase you search when you think a T-shirt has indeed been stolen. The sister who searches everybody's closet just because she loves hand-me-downs (maybe?). I'm the first child so I don't know how it feels to wear my older sister's clothes. What kind of feelings do "hand-me-downs" invoke? Would I have felt better on a sad day if I wore my older sister's blue jeans? More responsible, domineering, sharp? I really don't know.
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Today, I propose a different kind of "hand-me-downs" to you. The kind we ought to wear. The necessary kind.
* Do you remember how Elisha (the apprentice) desperately asked Elijah (his master) for a double portion of what he had? Elisha knew that he needed it. His master was obviously loaded with divine weaponry. Elijah had a significant relationship with God, and Elisha wanted to be doubly so. It wasn't offensive for him to get some "hand-me-downs." A double portion of hand-me-downs in this case!
Hand It Down To Me:
* Do you know what? We exist for each other. Sometimes it is our pride that prevents us from getting those hand-me-downs. When we see people who are doing what we badly want to do, we don't want to ask them how they did it. Why? Because we don't want to seem desperate. But the truth is, we all need it. Most times we need someone to look up to. Most times, we need someone to teach us. To guide us in the right path. We need the Holy Spirit.
"And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?" Elisha said, "Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me." 2 Kings 2:9
Have you ever had to beg for "hand-me-downs?" Or did you hate them while growing up? Do you know that this walk of life literally involves passing down of techniques and life lessons? Hand-me-downs???
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