Who ever likes to admit when they fail? Anyone? Me neither, but I am today. Lately I have been irritable, discontent, and restless all because I have failed being patient with myself. Like all of us, several things are going on I wanted to happen yesterday. Composing all of my September blog posts and an article to send to a publication to be considered, while polishing up a speaking topic and getting a meal for a neighbor who lost her father are all on the list of things to do. Other, smaller things, I get impatient with, trying to “do” a pony tail perfectly, or making sure my make-up looks just right before going out to do who knows what, the grocery shopping? Seriously, not everyone is looking at me!
The funny thing is, and it is funny when I step back for a second, there is no one but myself putting any pressure on me but me! Have you ever done this to yourself?
I need to do myself and everyone around me a big favor. I need to do a little shopping for some Jesus clothes.
God’s word tells us in Colossians 3:12, “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” The Greek work for “clothe” is “enduo”, meaning, ” (from Thayer’s Greek Lexicon on Bibletools.org) “to sink into (clothing), put on, clothe one’ s self”. It’s like pulling on an over sized sweatshirt on a cool fall morning. Sinking into the softness of the fabric. The soft fibers that are God’s loving forgiveness, compassion, and mercy.
Softening my perspective about myself and my circumstances, by clothing myself with the fabric that is woven by God, allows him to dress me with compassion and kindness which gives me courage to humble myself to be gentle and patient. I start putting behind me the sinful thinking of selfishness, being vain and jealous and replacing them with the qualities that are only available through Jesus.
Psalm 119:71 reminds us “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn from your decrees” (NIV) If we don’t fail, we will never learn. If we are not patient with ourselves we will not slow down and take the time we need to one, admit the failure and two, look for the lessons.
Until I clothe myself with patience, I can’t begin showing it to those I live with or work beside. Living in today with Joy is always my goal. Just as I choose Joy today, I can choose to be patient with myself.
I better get to “Boutique of Jesus” (AKA my big comfy chair with my study Bible) pretty quick and dress myself in some cute clothes of Kindness, Humility, Compassion, Gentleness and Patience . I know there are some dear people waiting on me to get ready.
Heavenly Father I ask today that you will clothe us in your love, mercy, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. Give us the courage to forgive ourselves when we fail at the big and little things in life. Help us to see the lessons we can learn from our failures and help us to grow in our own patience, love, compassion, and kindness for ourselves and others. In your son’s name I pray. Amen.
Note: I want to apologize to my male readers. You too can dress “handsomely” in these qualities.