David, my pre-teen grandson, is helping me with yard work and he continues to resist wearing gloves. He’s boy tough…Who needs gloves? He cut down last year’s growth of Pampas grass and little hairy stickers attacked his hands. The next day he cut back the Juniper bushes and received welts all over the backs of his hands. I’m reminded of Paul telling people to put on the full armor of God and I can imagine a few of the guys in the crowd saying, “Nah, I don’t need to put on the breastplate for this little job. And today I don’t think I’ll be needing the shield of faith, maybe I’ll take it up tomorrow.” The Scripture wants us fully dressed, spiritually equipped, and ready in all situations, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6:14-17 NIV).