Getting Ahead: Worn out jeans

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist

When I was a boy in grade school, one of the most exciting things in my life was going to town to get school clothes. Typically Dad and Mom would get me two pairs of jeans and three or four shirts that had to last me until time to buy school clothes again the next year.

Because I was still growing they would buy the next biggest size so that I would not completely outgrow them before next year rolled around. When school started they were bigger than I needed, about half way through the school year they were a good fit, and by the time summer vacation arrived they were too small.

Mom would then assign one pair to be my play jeans for cooler days and the other pair she would cut off for shorts that I would wear throughout the summer until the exciting time came once again, to buy school clothes.

As I look back on these experiences, I see that the size of the jeans never really changed. They were the same size at the start of the school year as they were at the end and yet they only correctly fit me at a certain point and time. The rest of the time, even though I still wore them, they did not fit. The reason for them not fitting was that I was changing and the jeans were not.

As we journey through life, things change. We change, people around us change, our situations and circumstances change; could it be that our perceptions of life is like wearing a pair of worn out jeans that no longer fit? It is possible that the things that were a good fit in a certain season of our life don’t fit any longer? In your life, are you still expecting yesterday’s size to be right for today? Is it time for a new pair of jeans?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court St. in Washington C.H.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist