You have probably seen this T shirt, or one like it. This particular T is from Ruby’s Rubbish.
It occurred to me today as I read Micah 6:8 that what is a popular quote from the movie Cinderella printed on my T shirt above is actually nothing new. It’s ancient. The prophet Micah wrote for our benefit centuries ago:
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
I got this shirt not because I want to brag that I’ve got this humility thing down. Oh no. I’ve been a crabby, hormonal mess lately. I yelled at a lady in the Costco parking lot the other day for instance. She was insanely rude, but still…that’s not my normal. I have barked at my children, and have cried over cartoons. Lord, help me.
I had a long talk about the glories of aging with my P.A. today- that’s a physician Assistant. I’ve gone to her for years because she’s a believer and a woman who studies nutrition and those two things right there make me trust her above most doctors.
At any rate, we discussed the merits of diet and getting more rest in order to help with the constant fatigue that hormones of aging women cause. Oh joy. I guess it’s time to face the fact that I’m 48. The reality is though, through better self care and discipline, I don’t really have to feel this badly. Vitamin D will help with my moods, and a modified paleo diet was suggested. No sugar. gasp!
Like it’s not bad enough to watch your face wrinkle, your skin crepe, your thighs bubble with cellulite, but you also have to deal with emotional upheaval from hormones gone wild. The good news is it’s all natural and doesn’t require anything more than some patience, humility, and self-discipline and care. Being kind to myself. But also being a formidable enemy of excess in my life. Lifestyle changes are in order.
So, it’s time to come to grips with the fact that my body isn’t going to bounce back like it used to from overindulgence. But more importantly, my soul won’t bounce back as easily from being angry, harsh and plain mean sometimes. Repentance is a gift, but oh to not need it so much! Humility recognizes that God actually requires walking humbly, being kind and desiring to be merciful of me. And it’s not too much to ask. (tell that to my hormones)
Time to pray and practice. The T shirt will be a good reminder. How embarrassing would it be to road rage while wearing that?! I’m glad this old saying is popular. I think the T shirts are great conversation starters about what the Bible says. Love that!