Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…(Col 3:12)
I used to think that if I ate fat, that meant that I would get fat. I also thought that if I was humble before others, that meant that I was incompetent as a leader and people would be disappointed in me because I should have been stronger. I would wear this cap of shame because, in my mind, I should have never messed up, to begin with, and admitting that I had only made me look bad to other people (in my mind). It took me a while, but I came to realize that both insecurities I carried with me, about eating fat and practicing humility, were a farce.
Your body needs healthy fats and your soul needs a regular dose of humility. These are two lies I have entertained in my life, mostly rooted in fear, that made me spin in circles, instead of moving forward in faith. Now that I eat healthy fats, my body feels healthier and now that I practice humility, my soul feels freer. I feel like more of a real person. I no longer have to protect my ego out of fear for what others might think, say or feel. Humility is the best dose I have ever taken. Truly, it brings so much healing.
If you’re stubborn like me and you’ve been stopped by your own ego when you knew you needed to practice humility, don’t fear, take heart, and let go. Let go of your fear, insecurity and your need to look good to others. I have learned that humility is actually what bonds me deeper to people. Pride only polarizes me from them.
Fat won’t make you fat and humility won’t make you weak. God gave us these gifts to help us grow into healthy people, made in His image, ready to do His Kingdom work. So, go ahead, throw a few more healthy fats in your diet and, better yet, start taking a few big doses of humility every single day.
Lord, I want to grow up in Christ. Help me to flee from worthless passions. Honestly, my greatest passion is often myself. I am proud, selfish and greedy. Lord, forgive me. I want to be like you, in Jesus name, Amen.