“Knowing what we must do is not the same as doing it. Remember the ridiculous story about a group of animals in the jungle who decided to have a football game? The problem was that no one could tackle the rhinoceros. Once he got up a head of steam, he was unstoppable. When he received the opening kick-off, he rambled for a touchdown.
The score was seven to nothing almost immediately. Somehow, they managed to keep the ball from him the remainder of the first quarter. At the beginning of the second quarter, the other team tied the score even to seven. The lion tried to warn the zebra on the kick-off not to kick it to the rhino. But the zebra ignored the warning. The rhino caught the ball and he was going for a touchdown. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, he was brought down with a vicious tackle. When the animals up-piled, it was discovered that a centipede had made the tackle.
“That was fantastic,” roared the lion. “But where were you on the opening kick-off?”
The centipede replied, “I was still putting on my shoes.”
Many of us are like the centipede, only we are still trying to decide if we need to put the armor on. We are not sure that we really need the armor. We may arrogantly think that we can take on the enemy without it. We do not see the danger. In the meantime, we are losing the war against him.
The command here is to ‘put on the whole armor of God.’”
STEPHEN P. TROXEL. Going The Distance: Life’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint. Pp. 163 – 164
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