How’s that for a statement? My husband said this to me in conversation and I about fell out laughing. Once I stopped laughing, I realized he’s right. The toughest guy in the world isn’t so tough when he’s naked.
I spent several days at the Premier Christian Cruises office this week. For two days we looked at our personalities, values and how we can improve our communications. I LOVE this kind of stuff.
Going into the meetings, I knew I was a sanguine, a people person, an emotional communicator, an ENFP (Extravert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving), and a encourager/leader.
Flipping through the 40 plus pages of reports on my values and personality, I felt like I was naked…..this thing nailed me. Not only am I a people person, but I can be controlling, aggressive, opinionated and too trusting. YIKES. I knew that, but I didn’t particularly want EVERYONE to know about it.
I clothe myself in my personality. I use my humor to reach out to people. I use my trust to connect with people. All of this protects me – it keeps me tough.
As I write this I know I don’t want it to be true. I want to live in the grace of God. I want to walk in His ways, but right now I feel like Apostle Paul – I do what I do not want to do.
I KNOW the grace of God. I stand in awe of His goodness, mercy and grace. I pray that He will grant me the wisdom to change my ways… and what I clothe myself in.
I want to live out 1 Peter 5:5
… Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
So I’m stripping off the junk, doing away with the stuff, and working on my humility. I know that in Christ I am a new creation.
Lore. let me walk in this.