Living by the scriptures

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. — Ephesians 6:11-16

I had heard this scripture often, and I was sure I totally understood it until this week when I burned my wrist on an oven rack as I withdrew a pan of muffins from a hot oven. The burn is sore but small, and while no one would ask for disfigurement of any kind, I rather hope there will remain a small scar.

You see, a friend saw my burn and suggested that I get oven mitts, made to cover the hands and wrists for taking hot things out of ovens. And I had to admit, shamefacedly, that I had received the burn on my unprotected wrist by taking the muffins out of the oven with those very mitts. . . . in, not on, my hands.

Suddenly the light dawned. "Put on the whole armour of God. . . ." How often have I felt content because I have the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life — yet do I put on the protections afforded by living the commandments and being obedient?

I hope my tiny scar will remind me that having the gospel in my life will not give me the same spiritual and physical protection as will applying, living and putting on those gospel principles.

Nadeoui Eden, Crofton, Md.