Naked Gentleness

My pastor had a lot of good things to say about gentleness yesterday. He pointed out that it’s often accompanied by humility in the bible.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-30

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:1-3

…as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:12-13

That made me think about Eva Longoria’s cellulite. And about being naked.

I know she has cellulite because a miserable woman on an airplane a couple years ago gladly pointed it out to me in her People magazine. I didn’t know what to say. I’ve seen myself naked.

People magazine is run largely by women who verbally abuse famous women for profit. And everyday women who would never say they support abuse buy it.

I have to wonder if they’ve seen themselves naked lately. Because it’s impossible to celebrate someone else’s flaws when you’re painfully aware of your own.

Humility and gentleness go together.

Take it all off and go take a long look in the mirror…metaphorically speaking…or not. I’m spending a little time naked this morning in hopes that it’ll get me a little more clothed in compassion, gentleness, and patience.

God knows we need to bundle up a bit more. It’s chilly in some corners of the internet.