I have been spending WAY too much time in my “me box” lately. The best way for me to define my “me box” is that life is all about me. The sun rises and sets on me and my disappointments, despair, frustrations, fears, anxieties, worries and lack of control. My “me box” focuses on my hurts, my needs, my wants, my desires, my problems.
What I hate the most about my “me box” is that I have no choice but to reek like its contents. When I was younger, I did not care how dirty my clothes were. I would wear my jeans for weeks at a time without washing them (praise God for curing me of this nastiness!). When I spend time in my “me box” I literally put on clothing that reek of irritation, anger, frustration, impatience, discord, disgust. The last thing I seek when I am spending time in my “me box” is putting on peace and unity. When I am asked, “how are you?” or “what’s new with you?” my “me box” dominates conversation. My “me box” truly kills joy and contentment. It produces spiritual depression rather than spiritual fruit. Instead of being a fragrant and pleasing aroma to God, I smell like the world which is perishing (2 Cor 2:15).
I absolutely know that the cure to my “me box” is to get outside of myself. I need to look around and help others. I know that I must decrease and our Triune God must increase (John 3:30). I also know that I need to change my clothes. Paul says, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (Col 3:12-15 ESV).
I cannot help but to view the clothing that Paul tells us to put on in Colossians 3 as undergarments that the Armor of God protects (Eph 6:10-18). I am so thankful that God through His Word and His people convicts me of my “me box.” I am thankful that God has preserved His Word so that His people know how to dress (character) and act (conduct) for His glory. As we give gifts and presents to our loved ones this Advent, may we give our “me boxes” to God in humility and surrender to Him.
Father God, thank You for this reader. Thank You Lord for convicting me of my “me box.” Lord, Your Word tells us that we can come boldly before Your throne and find grace, mercy and help when we need it most. Lord, help us to run to You rather than retreating to our “me boxes.” Lord, make us sensitive to when we start spending time in the “me box.” Lord, in regards to boxes, may we NEVER put You in a box. May we NEVER limit who You are and what You can and will do. Thank You Lord that YOU are God! Please prepare our hearts for Christmas. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.