Don’t put your nose in the air …

“If you walk around  with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.” Luke 18:14b

If you have your nose in the air you can’t see where you are walking or see who is walking with you. You miss the beauty all around—the children playing, squirrels climbing trees, and all of God’s wondrous landscape. So, it’s better to face life with your nose leading you forward in life.

To be simply myself is hard. One might not guess I’m pretty sloppy at times. I like to eat in front of the TV, sit with my legs swung over the top of the couch, or slump down in an easy chair like a teen. I have more of a problem with looking at myself in the mirror first thing in the morning and seeing the Phyllis Diller hair and crinkly skin on my face.

I’m fortunate that I like me in spite of me. I know God doesn’t see me with or without makeup or when I’m wearing clothes I wouldn’t leave the house in. God sees our heart, and my heart for the most part is free of painful thoughts, fears, shame, and frustration. I’m aging from the inside out and I’ll be proud to wear my “wisdom” spots and wrinkles. Many people aren’t blessed to live to see their body aging.

Lord, help us see ourselves as you see us. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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