Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I think it’s time to get serious. The weeks leading up to entering basic training at the Air Force Academy were glorious. Like a hero going on an adventure, there were congratulations, meaningful conversations, celebrations with family and friends, sad goodbyes, practical preparations, and my entourage standing at the gate of the airport (back when that was still possible) to wish me well. Arriving at Dad’s house in Colorado Springs, there was an air of anticipation and a feast the night before to rival the end of the world. An amazing new chapter was about to begin! Dad pulled up to a stop sign in the cadet area, I got out with my bag of personal effects, and everything changed. Everything. An upperclass cadet started yelling, I ran to a spot on the ground, learned, immediately, how to stand at attention, and spent the day getting a new hair cut, new clothes, shots, equipment, and either running from place to place or waiting in long lines. What had I gotten into? The glory was gone. It was time to get serious.