I love my burnt almond-colored scarf partly because of the color but more because of the thick fringe that drops from both ends. When I put it on the other day, I noticed the fringe was all tangled together. It didn’t hang in nice straight lines, but each bit wrapped around another and even worse, some of the strings had gathered fluff.
I couldn’t clean it up so I ended up cutting the fringes right off. Surprisingly, the scarf still looks pretty.
You see a fringe is an outer edge, or something considered to be on the outer edge and not central to an activity, interest, or issue. The fringe was not the scarf.
It’s like the things we get involved in that are not central to our belief and life in Christ.
Oh, we slip into them so easily, don’t we? They are the things that gather fluff, that slow us down and make us less presentable Christians.
I don’t have to point yours out; the Holy Spirit will help you on that score.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26, NIV)
Prayer- Father, help us listen and obey. Amen.