Yes, I realize the song is probably going through your head right now. Hopefully it brings a smile with it as you mentally picture Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell singing and dancing in their tight, white pants.
It makes me smile… well, as long as I’m thinking about them.
If I stop and think about myself and how MY pants are getting tighter (again), it makes me hope everyone is not talking about them! Of course that’s being completely self-absorbed, isn’t it? I don’t want to worry about whether people think my pants are too tight… whether they’re too lose… or even if they’re just right… I just want to be COMFORTABLE in them.
And by saying that, I really mean I want to be comfortable being ME. For far too long (and by that, I mean basically the majority of my 34 years of life), I’ve worried about what others think about me. Worrying about things like the following (they’re not necessarily in any particular order and also don’t cover all of my insecurities, but you’ll get the point): my weight, appearance, intellect, creativity or lack thereof, ability to relate to others, ability to express myself, whether I’m being a good wife/mom/daughter/sister/teacher/friend/Christian, etc. or just being “successful” in life overall.
While driving to the store the other day, I heard a new song, “Lord I’m Ready Now” by Plumb on the radio. It really struck me… but this part especially,
You called my name. I turned away. But now I am listening. I was so caught up in who I’m not. Can you please forgive me?
Although I have never “ran away” from God, I haven’t always followed as closely or as quickly as I should. He showed me that I have been caught up in who I am not. By worrying about what others are thinking about me (if they are even thinking anything at all!), I’m letting the fear and anxiety rob me of who I am. I need to be who He created me to be.
Yes, that person has flaws and imperfections, but when she remembers Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
and Matthew 10:30
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
she knows that she’s important to Him.
I mean, for God to know the number of hairs on my head is mind blowing! I have a lot of hair!! And to think of all the adding He’s doing as new hair grows in and all the subtracting that’s occurring as I shed multiple strands every day! Whew! I’m that precious to Him!
And so are YOU! You are also “fearfully and wonderfully made” and He knows all the hairs on your head too!
Whether your jeans are too tight, too lose, or just right (sounds like a new thing Goldilocks might try at the Bears’ house), I hope that you’re comfortable being the “you” God made and not worrying about what/how others’ may or may not think about you. Be so comfortable with yourself that you can “practice your dance moves” like Napoleon Dynamite…now there’s a guy with lots of hair to count!