I don’t know about you but I find that life has a way of “putting me in my place” quite quickly. I mean, as soon as I start thinking smugly…as soon as I think I’m “doing pretty good”, life unfolds in such a way that I am humbled and snapped back to reality.
I was heading to an interview for a possible part time job. I got dressed and finished off my outfit with this funky, chunky, black belt. I took a last look in the mirror and thought to myself, “Yup..I’m looking pretty good” and confidently headed to Aurora for my appointment. I drove for an hour, waited for fifteen minutes,took two trips to the bathroom where there was a full length mirror, sat through an hour interview and drove for two hours, from Aurora to Bracebridge – and never noticed that I was wearing my funky, chunky, black belt inside out! …and I mean, it was blatantly obvious. No one would have missed seeing this…but somehow, I did. So much for first impressions.
Oh yah…I certainly know how to make my own fashion statement!
I never seem to get an opportunity to “think more highly than I ought” about myself. I am constantly humbled by a loving God Who, I believe, has a real sense of humor. He lets me get myself cornered, caught and captured in endlessly embarrassing situations. I suppose He knows that I’ll get through it…that I can laugh at myself…that it all makes for some good stories. So, it just keeps going.
I think it’s important that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Paul McCartney once said, “I don’t take me seriously. If we get some giggles, I don’t mind.” I don’t mind, either. I want to take my sin seriously but I don’t want to take myself too seriously. I don’t want to laugh about doing wrong or hurting people or being selfish but I do want to be able to laugh at myself. I strive for balance in my life – making the main thing the main thing; taking my salvation seriously and being ever aware of what Jesus has done on the cross – but also soaking up the light moments of life.
Having said that, if you ever see me wearing my shirt inside out or wandering around your neighbourhood with two different colored shoes, PLEASE let me know!
Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.