So I finally made the decision to get glasses again this last week. It has been way to long. I was first prescribed glasses back in 2010. I had glasses for about a year until they broke. At the time I was in no position to purchase another pair because I was straight broke and in a very low point in my life. After that few years I was finally in a position to get glasses again, but procrastinated on it instead. Fast forward to last Friday, and now I have 4 eyes again!
There’s no doubt that 2016 will go down as one of the worst years ever for America, and many other places around the world. This year we lost so many prominent faces to addiction, mental illness, and natural causes. People who were forces in their own rightful arenas. We were also either one side or the other from a toxic and dividing political election that pitted friend against friend and relative against relative. I ended up being on the losing side of things unfortunately, in more ways than one.
It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone is ready for the end of the year, but we have one more holiday to get through first. The one that has so many meanings to so many people. Yes, Christmas; the most misunderstood, stressful, and risky. This holiday affects me in all of the Big 4; Christianity, alcoholism, mental illness, and homosexuality. I always dread going into this holiday because of all the implications it could have on me. Will I forget to acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas? How many events will I go to that there will be alcohol? How will my mind handle the stress and anxiety of all the expectations surrounding this day? How many ‘Clobber Passage’ zealots will I be able to avoid before one of them throws one of those scriptures at me?
All to often I find myself being proud of my accomplishments or progress. To the point of showing off so others can appreciate me. I find myself seeking out other projects to stay at the forefront of appreciation from others. This can, and often does, lead to a sense of superiority over your issues and lack of recognition for where you strength and progress all came from. We are taking credit and flaunting our false conception that we are in control. Staying humble is one of the best ways you can please God and show your gratitude for His awesome gifts.
By being humble in our every action is to show God that you we He is the one in control and gives us the required strength to handle whatever is going on our lives. Whether it be finishing a project, buying a brand new car, flaunting a raise, etc. By taking credit, we are completely ignoring God in these moments. Not only do you come across as conceited to people, you are coming across as ungrateful to God. Avoiding both of these by going to God and thanking Him for your achievements and not boasting in front of people, you will find better peace with God and a better two way relationship. He loves you so He gave you what you have, and we are bowing down giving Him what we have; love, gratitude, loyalty, devotion.