It has been a loooooooonng five weeks of healing.
Ninety-eight percent of the time, I have worn no makeup, did not fix my hair, and lived in leggings and a sports bra. Often, I have had wet hair in a big fat bun and wore my thick black glasses. Friends came to see me, but I put no effort into changing my appearance. Friends of the family have been in the house. Some even stayed the weekend; however, they saw a version of me few see. I have stayed as my ‘unfixed self’ (as we say here in the South), and honestly, I did not care. As the days turned into weeks, (and though almost back to my old self physically,) between Covid and my bike accident, I was getting way too comfortable in my sloppy at-home appearance.
Until one day, my four-year-old grand-baby girl pulled the phone in close, looked deep into our FaceTime connection, eye to eye, and with a command in her voice stated, “Mimi, you need to fix yourself.”
“What do you mean, sweetie?” I ventured, thinking she surely was referring to my sprained wrist and road rash. However, she innocently replied, “Your hair, your clothes . . . You need to fix yourself.”
I laughed as I thought, “WOW, ‘from the mouth of babies!’ But you know what? She was right; I needed to fix myself!”
The question I want to ask you today is, do you need to fix yourself? Not necessarily your appearance, but does the attitude you wear on the outside reflect who lives on the inside? Do you wear a sloppy attitude?
Now, I know we cannot ultimately ‘fix ourselves,’ for I believe only God can truly fix us. But we do make certain choices while on this earth, and one of those choices is the attitude we will wear.
So I ask, does your attitude demonstrate His joy or your negativity?
Does your attitude show His humility or your pride?
Does your attitude reflect a love for all people or only those like yourself?
Friends, we serve a God who gives us the freedom to make choices. What do you choose to wear today? Let’s choose wisely because maybe you are like me and need to adjust yourself. I am choosing (to the best of my ability) to live like Christ. How about you?
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 (ESV)