Yep, you guessed it. I’m dried up on ideas to write about so I dipped into the Zany holiday grab bag and came up with a winner.
Take Your Pants for a Walk Day should be very self-explanatory, but I know too many folks will come up with excuses not to take their pants anywhere today.
Being that it’s the summer months in the northern hemisphere I’m sure a lot of people don’t even want to take their pants out of the closet, let alone for a walk. Shorts or a light sundress maybe, but definitely not pants.
Hey, don’t look at me. I didn’t come up with the holiday. I’m just telling you what I found on the internet to help in a pinch here.
I also discovered that July is National Hot Dog AND National Ice Cream Month. So, don’t go blaming me when your pants fit tighter after you finally decide to pull them out of the closet and try them back on. If you do decide to take them for a walk today you may thank me in a month or two.
Being raised on a farm I’ve never been much of a shorts wearer myself. No, when your dad is a farmer you’re not reared you’re raised.
Anyway, we had friends who would want to come out and help us bale hay in the summer back in the day. The first day they showed up they invariably wore shorts. They thought we were nuts wearing pants in the summer heat until the hay bales scratched their legs to smithereens.
Guess what they wore the second day they came out to help. Yeah, even city kids catch on pretty quickly to harsh country wisdom.
Of course we took advantage of the free labor they provided. At least until their piles of hay fell off the wagon and we had to stack them back on. City kids…
There are advantages to wearing pants instead of shorts this time of year.
Number one…the mosquitoes are less likely to bite you in the legs with them covered. That makes it less likely you’ll contract West Nile Virus and such. Why isn’t there an East Nile Virus, anyway? I never have figured out why anybody would want to feed deadly bugs when all they have to do is move to the other side of the river. Now you’re getting me sidetracked again.
B. By covering your skin with cloth you’re likely to sweat more while walking. That means all those hot dog and ice cream calories will melt off better when you wear pants this time of year. Just sayin’.
Number C: You’ll fit in today for Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. Nuff said.
When Jesus walked this earth pants versus shorts wasn’t an issue for Him. They simply wore a robe all the time since Levi Strauss hadn’t been invented, yet.
That made for some interesting Bible phrases for us to grapple with.
“Gird up your loins” is one of them. When someone needed to run back in that day they had to take the back-bottom portion of their robe and tuck it into the front part of their waistband.
The bulk of material must have been awkward, but it was the best way to free up their legs for full motion while running. Of course the fact they didn’t make a habit of running just for exercise likely meant they didn’t run very far before they collapsed from exhaustion. But that’s where that phrase comes from. Just so you know.
There was also more room for tassles at the bottom of robes than pants would offer. The religious leaders of Jesus’s day took full advantage of that. Look it up, I can’t teach you everything from the Bible on my humble blog here.
I don’t recall reading that Jesus ever ran anywhere. He always walked to where He was going, except for that time He rode the waves on a stormy Sea of Galilee. I think He smiled when He did that maneuver.
While you’re taking your pants for a walk today remember Jesus’s example and slow your life down to that tempo.
Contemplate the direction your life is heading, not just for your walk but all of it.
Pray for whoever God brings to mind while you’re out there, too.
You see, we just came up with a few more reasons for you to take your pants for a walk today and any day. So, go out there and make it a habit of exercising your body and soul.
Keep smiling. Wade