That’s right, my life is like a sombrero and so is yours! I was praying one morning and God spoke to me in that still, small voice that I know is His and He told me “life is a sombrero.”
I know that seems weird, but this is how I envision it. My Christian life is like a giant sombrero with a huge brim. It encompasses who I am and my existence on earth.
On top of that are my wife and motherhood hats. I have been a wife for almost 30 years and a mom for over 26 years and I wear those hats proudly.
I also have a very worn daughter hat that I wear a little to the side. I am still a daughter (thankfully both of my parents are living), but that part of my life is not as important as my wife/mother identity.
I also have friend and neighbor hats that are a little smaller that sit atop my wife and mother hats and that I wear them proudly.
Laying to the side but still attached are my student, teacher, homeschooler, and administrator hats that are part of my past. They are important parts of my life and I could easily wear them atop my current life hats if they become a part of my future life.
Finally, I have a writer’s hat that I wear today. That hat sits above the wife, mother, neighbor, and friend hats.
The sombrero is not full. There is room for a grandmother and mother-in-law hat and who knows what else.
One thing that is not a part of the sombrero is my sin nature. I do not wear that hat. At times, it creeps into my life but I do not put it on. I also do not wear a guilt, insecurity, sickness, anger, or negative hat. Those things were taken care of when I put on my Christian sombrero and they are no longer a part of my life.
One interesting side note is that when I begin to allow the junk from my sin nature back on my sombrero, my other hats begin to get tattered and torn. They also don’t fit quite as well as when I don’t allow the negative hats on my sombrero.
I am in control of my sombrero. No one else can add or take away the hats I wear. I can choose to wear sickness, depression, sin, and all the negative things that go with our sin nature, yet I choose not to.
What hats do you wear? Is your sombrero your Christian faith or is it something else? Do your hats stay on well or are they tattered and torn from the negative junk that tries to infiltrate your life?