Sep. 1, 2016

Big Britches and Tall Boots

When someone uses the term, “too big for your britches,” they are really addressing an issue of pride. Often times, we try to fit issues into a tiny pair of emotional pants. All of life does not boil down to race, religion, or even liberty. We are in a spiritual war and it is time to examine our armor. When our emotional pants are too big, we really need to make our ego smaller and be willing to expand our view.

When we get too big for our britches, we seem intent on continuing to try and mend the tears caused by movement. The better solution is really to solve the problem as oppose to patching a hole and covering it up. Sometimes, bigger britches are needed to ease our growing pains.

God is teaching me some really hard lessons on pride. God is taking His finger to pull back the tears in my emotional britches in an attempt to remove my issue of pride. Pride assumes it knows what everyone is thinking or assumes it knows what everyone should be thinking. Pride ignores the needs of others while it demands its own way. Pride doesn’t stop talking to listen to the meaning behind the message. Pride keeps on talking and talking and talking and talking…..well, you get my point.

Interestingly enough, humility is the opposite of emotional pride; however, love is the solution. I suggest we all take time to read 1 Corinthians 13 out loud to ourselves and insert our own name in the place of the word, “love” (or charity – depending on the version of the bible you choose to read).

As we read about love, learn more about how to love, and accept that loving others is often times very difficult, we learn to extend ourselves beyond our own realm of experience and find a sweet willingness to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. Doing so is equivalent to buying a bigger pair of emotional britches to prevent spiritual holes in our soul.

In the meantime, while we work on pride, we might need to put on taller boots allowing us to walk around in all the crap our current society is creating.

Everyone gets an opinion. Those who sacrifice and contribute to a solution have a greater say. Hearers learn. Doers do. Complainers yap. Problem solvers carry much more weight and cause a greater impact overall than do the words or actions of the problem causers. Many of us might want to get a little more experience under our emotional belts before deciding to make broad social statements. Better yet, we might want to find a WAY to help instead of simply wanting to SAY what’s wrong.

Since I seem to be stuck on clothing analogies, let me go ahead and throw in a spiritual wardrobe verse:

Galatians 3:27, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

If we’ve put on Christ, it should always be a good fit. Unless we decide we are too big for His britches, too.

“Forgive me, Father, when I fail to represent You well. Forgive our society, Lord, that we demand rights without accepting any responsibility for solutions. Mold us into Your image; even when it means we need to move up in our spiritual pant size. Amen.”