What’s on Your Necklace?

Isn’t it interesting what people wear around their neck! The other day I saw one guy with a huge gold colored “$” (I’m sure it was not real gold for the sheer weight of it would have been too debilitating to walk). There he was all decked out in a foot-long gold money sign and oodles of gold chains adorning his neck. Interesting! What was he saying with this? I saw another person with a silver skull with jeweled eyes around her neck. What does that mean? Ok, the crosses I get. I even get the gold handcuffs because her husband is a cop. I’m not so sure about the sliver or platinum razor blade or the little gas mask charm.

We adorn our necks with a lot of interesting things; the logo of our favorite soft drink, that elf charm from Lord of the Rings, coins, friendship ones where our BFF has the other half, a ring once worn, a precious stone. I actually heard of someone making a necklace with their kidney stones attached! Necklaces come in all shapes and sizes, some are over-powering and some are so slight you barley notice. I did notice that a lot of US runners in the Olympic trials were wearing necklaces, interesting!

These accessories communicate something; either something to the wearer or to those who notice or both, but they do say something. They also reinforce the purpose they were worn. I saw an elderly woman play with the ring she now wore on a necklace around her neck, she smiled and with that glisten of love and loss talked of her late husband. I saw a young man kiss his cross as he bent down to run a race. When we look in the mirror, when we get a comment from another, when we feel the presence of that jewelry, we are reminded of the deeper meaning of what’s on our necklace.

Well, I was reminded of all this as I read Proverbs 3 this morning and came upon verse 3…

Proverbs 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

It is a good thing, a wise thing to wear a reminder to love and to be faithful, to adorn ourselves with love, and to let love be present in our actions and words. So before I speak or act I grasp this quality and ask, “Is what I am about to say and do loving?” As well feel that necklace of faithfulness around our neck and say, “Is what I am doing or saying being faithful to God; His purpose, His way of live, His character?”

The promise of this necklace is this…

Proverbs 3:4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Wow that’s a powerful necklace…wearing wisdom does make a difference.

So what’s on your necklace? Why not add to it love and faithfulness.

Seeking to wear love and faithfulness with you,

Mike

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