Wednesday, August 09, 2006

More Pie Please

I like pie a lot! But I'm not sure how many more pieces of humble pie I can stomach! While we were in Colorado, we had a pass to the water park. There are a couple of pools there including a big kiddie pool with a little slide. Jenna was helping Annie go down so I was going to hop in the pool to catch her. I thought I'll just step on this soft little landing mat, little did I know that althought soft, it is very slippery - so I fell. Now, I didn't just stumble or lose my balance, I did a total face plant in the kiddie pool in my swimsuit. Not a pretty sight!

After I got over the initial shock I started to laugh. Mainly because my husband was already laughing from across the pool! What I didn't realize until a few minutes later was that I scraped my foot down to the muscle. I was really wussy about it. (I'm not sure how it is that I can pop out a 9 1/2 pound baby like nothing, but limp and moan for weeks because of a scrape!) And now 3 weeks later, I still have a band aid on that spot and can't wear certain shoes, which is also a major source of pain to me.

There are so many times that I do a spiritual face plant! Just the other night, Mike and I were meeting with a couple and I just blew it. I had actually wanted to reschedule because Annie was cranky and I was tired. I felt off of "my game". But we plunged right in and I was way too talkative. I have gotten better about being quiet and listening in those situations, but not that night! Fortunately we know them well and I think they'll forgive me. But I was so disappointed with myself! Sometimes my ministry needs to be sitting there with my mouth shut!

It felt a lot like falling in the pool - instant humility! The trick to a humbling experience is to learn from it. I'm going to slow down and pray before those kind of meetings that God will be in control of my tongue and help me be focused on the people we're meeting with even if there is a lot going on in my little life at the time.

And, I'm going to slow down and be a lot more careful in the kiddie pool!

Proverbs 11:2
"When pride comes, the comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom."

Philippians 2:3
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
but in humility consider others better than yourselves."

2 comments:

sarahjean said...

Michelle,
Your pool story is so me! I had the most embaressing moment a couple weeks ago. I was shopping at WalMart and looked down at my cart shocked to see it full of things that I hadn't picked up! Of all the dumb things my first thought was, "Have I become some sort of compulsive shopper, just pulling things off the shelves? Freaky!" My next slightly more intelligent one was, "What jerk put all this stuff in my cart?" And then reality broke in and I realized to my horror I had grabbed someone else's cart! (Duh!) I ran all over the store looking for my cart. I think it was my imagination, but it seemed like everyone knew what I had done and was smirking at me as I passed. The most humbling thought was meeting up with the person who's cart I had taken, but nobody asked me, so I grabbed my cart and headed to the checkout in shame! It always provides our husbands with a good laugh though!

Michelle said...

The good news for you, Sarah, is that you can totally blame your shopping story of pregnancy brain! Thanks for sharing it!