I am Hat-Woman, Hear me Roar!
Written by Ann Marie "Ree" Brown
October 5, 2003
My hat blew off as I made my way through the gusting wind. Time to get a new one, I thought. God knew I no longer needed that hat, it was wearing me down. He had new, more creative hats for me to wear. It seems that one particular day began a chain reaction causing me to discard a lot of my old hats.
The newer hat I found is the most amazing one I've ever worn. I had a faux version of this hat prior to that windy day, but it never made me feel whole when I wore it. This newer hat beckons me to wear it every single second of every single day. Sometimes I carry it along with me half-heartedly or Satan tries to sneak it off of my head. Other times, I wear it proud, displayed for all to see. However I wear it, it has made the biggest difference in my life. It's my ‘Christian' hat.
Being a modern day woman, I many times attempt to pile on too many hats at once. They begin falling off and get so heavy until I break down and have to throw a few to the side until I can wear them again. There are even times I try to simplify my hat wardrobe, discarding some old ones, only to find myself with all new ones to replace them. My ‘Christian' hat keeps me the most balanced. It protects me, and is filled with love, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, and a promise that is everlasting.
There are other hats that I proudly wear every single day. Sometimes these hats can cause major frustration, but most often, they create such a joy within my life filling my heart with love.
One daily hat provides me with tenderness and understanding I never imagined was possible. While wearing this hat, many trials have been faced, along with many tears. God gave me this hat, knowing through the hardship faced while wearing it, I would find Jesus and invite Him into my heart. A hat that I once considered very painful upon my heart, is now a beautiful reward of God's love for me. God knew all along that I was meant to share this hat with another and become one, but I had to find my way to Jesus Christ first. My ‘wife' hat is such a beautiful treasure.
Another hat I wear everyday can create a roller coaster ride of fun, along with many frightful moments. I find many challenges wearing this hat. Parenting two daughters who are highly competitive, high-achievers, who both love ‘mom' time, and face many different emotions (seeing that they are facing puberty head on)...well, let's just say it's crazy sometimes. I've always felt that God blessed me with this hat. I was picked to experience the joy of two. Any child is a beautiful blessing, but two born the same day adds such a different dynamic to life. As I watch my ‘mom of twins' hat get older each year, it creates so many inspiring, beautiful moments.
Oh, and I can't forget my ‘mom of an active five year old boy' hat, WOW! Fun and exhaustion are experienced when I have this hat on. This hat sometimes has me spinning in circles. Wearing this hat keeps me on the go constantly. I like to let my mother-in-law borrow this hat so I can take a breather. The one thing I love best about this hat is that I tend to laugh a lot with it on, even when I shouldn't (during a sermon, for example). This hat brings me wonders of joy and never ceases to surprise and amaze me.
There is a hat I wear occasionally that is just a blast to wear. It's colorful, fun, innocent, energetic, and so rewarding. Five and six year old children can have the most innocent view of life, along with many interesting questions about God. This age remembers stories and loves fun. I may be having a bad hair day, but when I wear my ‘Sunday School teacher' hat it always takes care of it and makes me smile from the inside out.
I have a new hat that creates an adventure I'm so ready and willing to embark upon. I love being a big kid, running around playing games, going to concerts, listening to loud music, laughing, and completely being silly. This hat gives me the opportunity to expand upon all kinds of new ideas. My favorite part of wearing my ‘junior high youth group leader' hat is planting seeds in the minds and hearts of the impressionable youth in my community.
My ‘6th grade cheerleading coach' hat has been more than rewarding. I wear this hat to share my talents and gifts with a group of girls that are just at the beginning of an emotional journey they may not know they are about to take. Puberty is filled with not just physical changes, but so many emotional ones too. Acceptance is so important. I use this hat to minister to my girls without them even knowing it. Wearing this hat in a public school causes some difficulty in my goals, but I creatively find ways to teach them principles and actions that God wishes us to follow.
Another hat I wear resembles a chamaeleon, always changing its form. It may look one way this year, or this week, or this day, but is ever-changing. It's my same big hat of giving that I just can't avoid because it is worth wearing, it's my ‘volunteer' hat.
I enjoy wearing my ‘friends and family' hats with all the other important, cherished moments in my life. I like wearing these hats out to coffee, shopping, talking on the phone, being a good listener, going on vacations, you name it, I love it. The love these hats bring and the rewards from having an abundance of these hats is one of God's gifts to me.
Wearing many hats in this life I live can be challenging, fun, and so rewarding. There is still one hat I wear, though I'd like to be able to leave it off more often. The other hats just seem so much more important, but money doesn't come from my other hats. Instead, financial support is provided by my ‘small-business owner' hat. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind having this hat because it is part of my life and responsibility. Sometimes, I just wish I could devote my time from this hat to my many other hats instead.
There are many more hats to mention that lightly lay upon my head to make my life fun and enjoyable, such as, my ‘pet lover' hat, my ‘I love to dance' hat, my ‘music' hat, my ‘I love to laugh, have fun, and be completely spontaneous' hat, my ‘camping' hat, my ‘writing' hat, and my ‘solitude' hat. Most of all, I really enjoy when I feel like wearing my ‘God created me to be Me' hat. I wear this hat for those times I accept myself as God created me, with my own individual gifts and talents to use as he wills for me to do.
So I peek out from under my many hats and ask you, ‘Are you using your many different gifts and talents to glorify God?' As it says in His Word, "Do not neglect your gift(s)..." (1 Timothy 4:14) I may be a writer, you may be a writer, but there are many ways to serve our Lord each and every day. Are you?
Copyright 2003, Ann Marie "Ree" Brown, all rights reserved.
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