Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. –CS Lewis.
Typically, my neighbor schleps Zach to school each morning. I’m the afternoon shift. The carpool pickup slot has some cons to consider… waiting endlessly in a parking lot, kids eating leftover Doritos in the backseat, and fairly large arguments about who spotted the yellow car and first yelled, “SKITTLE!!!!” However, on the plus side, the carpool pickup slot which is assigned to yours truly occurs during this coveted time called afternoon. The morning? It happens pretty early.
“Wow the morning people have a quiet gig, ” I thought to myself as I shivered all the way to SLDM this morning. Considering the early hour of exit, I was in pretty solid spirits. “Look at me all showered and dressed in this (low-key) adorable outfit, and it’s only 7am!” Positively self-congratulatory, I was in the pre-dawn carpool line.
Passing off the dress clothes for the junior high dance, the CYO uniform for the big game at OLMC in the morning, and the overnight bag, (all belonging to my little man), I knew this day was destined for greatness. I really have got my act together this fine Friday. My dear friend Renee, victim of the handoff, is one of those people who can wear pjs during the daytime or throw on a ball cap and still look darling. When I try that, well, picture a rounder version of Gilda Radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna on SNL. Too young to have the vision? Google it. She was hysterical and with hair that looked like it had been electrocuted. Today, though, I had it going on. Guerin Catholic purple and black, warm and cozy black boots and purple nail polish too! BOOM!
I was ready to take on the world. I had a long list of (mostly Christmas) errands, and I was already dressed for the big game against the cross-town rival. I had a date planned pre-game with my sweetie, AND I had time to start my day at mass. YEAH ME!!
Taking my favorite seat up front so I can be close to Jesus, I prayed for so many people and I was pretty proud of the fact that I had written down their names this time. The world is full of hurting hearts and broken bodies. I gave them all to God. I was feeling groovy. As I grabbed my coat and turned to go, there was a tap on my shoulder. “Shelly, your sweater is on inside out. If I were you, I would want to know.”
HAHAHAHA!!! The lightbulb came on instantly. Message received, Lord.
It’s good you were here, Shelly, but hello? Forget to thank anyone for your zillions of blessings? Psalm 90, my dear girl. Try reading it. That’s what I heard interiorly with the tap on my shoulder.
He’s gentle and He’s patient. Pride is about my glory; humility is about God’s glory. I feel like I read that in Ephesians somewhere. Maybe I need to read the whole book and find that bit of scripture. I’m pretty sure God isn’t so impressed with people who watch themselves worship and who don’t bother thanking Him.
Thank you, Lord for opening my eyes to Your blessings and the grace to acknowledge who You are and how You love me this day and always. And, Lord, thanks for smiling at me even when I act like an idiot. I’m going to try opening with gratefulness tomorrow. I love you too.
I might be slightly less amazing than I led myself to believe this morning. BUT, I am still a truly beloved child of God AND SO ARE YOU. Let’s help each other remember that one, huh?