This is the Day…Wednesday
May 20, 2020
Don’t Lick your Fingers
We would all agree that the mundane act of grocery shopping has changed forever. Prior to the Coronavirus, it was just another part of our routine. Getting a parking space, hopefully close to one of the cart-return bins. Traveling up and down the aisles in any direction we choose. Trying to avoid the cookie aisle and the ice cream. And getting out without too much financial damage.
Post-virus we now park in any available space because the lot is typically full. We wait in line to get into the store. We make sure we pick a cart which has been sanitized. We follow the one-way signs on the aisles to protect each other. We make several passes down the cookie and ice cream aisles to make the isolation of staying at home more bearable. And we wear masks to protect ourselves and others.
Personally, I have tolerated these changes well, except for one. Does anyone else think that the masks are uncomfortable to wear? They tickle my nose which causes me to want to scratch it even more. They make me feel as though I am being smothered, especially as the weather gets warmer. And they prevent me from licking my fingers!
Now, I realize finger licking has never been a sanitary habit out in public. The only place it seems to be socially accepted is at a local chicken restaurant. But I have always been a finger licker. Turning pages in a book, wiping a smudge off my pants, getting my hair to lay down on the top. I miss my finger licking.
This habit came to my attention in the fresh vegetable department of the grocery store. You know those plastic bags that we use for the vegetables we a planning to buy? Ever tried to open one of those aggravating bags without licking your fingers? Ever involuntarily tried to lick your fingers while wearing a mask? These are trying times in which we live.
Finger licking is a habit. We all find ourselves developing habits over time. Even the bad ones can tend to be overlooked until they are brought to our attention. Maybe we can use this unique time to recognize some bad habits and develop some good new habits. Habits that will last long after this virus is a distant memory. Habits that will improve our lives. Habits that we learn from God.
“Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at this face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” (James 1:22-23) Looking to develop some good habits? Doing what the Scriptures say is a great place to start!