There seems to be an increase in men wearing sleeveless t-shirts in my neck of the woods. While I am not sure if this is not an adverse consequence of too many people watching Jersey Shore, I am sure that I will not be following this trend.
The first reason for me not following this trend is that I am not a trendy person. I’ve had the same hairstyle since leaving womb. I still occasionally wear t-shirts featuring Sesame Street characters or Charlie Brown. I have a goatee. Things like that.
The other reason I refuse to follow this trend are my arms. While I appreciate all my arms do for me, they aren’t exactly “gun show ticket” material. No one has ever confused me for a body builder. Even when I was young and “in shape,” I had very little upper arm muscle definition.
I know this could change with hard work and patience. I know my arms could become muscular and defined.
I also know this is not a priority for me right now.
What is more important to me at this point is my relationship with God, my relationship with me wife, my relationship with my kids, and my relationships with everyone else.
How can I make improve all of these relationships? The same way I could improve my non-muscular arms–with hard work and patience.
It is not my hard work that can improve my relationships; it is a continued reliance on the finished hard work of Jesus on the cross which secured my relationship with God and defines my relationships with everyone else.
My hard work could never earn me a relationship with God; Christ’s hard work earned it for me forever.
For this I am eternally grateful.
Do you wear sleeve-less t-shirts? How are your “guns” these days?