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Honoring Authority within God’s Big Picture (Part 1):
God Paints Our Responsibilities onto the Canvas of Life

We need explanations. No, we demand explanations. We want equality and justice. We want life to be fair. Well, maybe not fair as much as going our way. We wish life would happen the way we think it should…because it’s ours.
It’s ours!
I know this isn’t how all of us feel. In fact, I think most of us reading this post are not this way. But there are many who value themselves and their rights so dearly, that they step out of line. We may slip sometimes, too, and veer away from God’s authority system.

I’m rewriting two posts from 2017 about honoring the authorities in our lives:

1.  Do We Stick It Where It Suits Us?
2.  A Clarification: Do We Stick ItWhere It Suits Us?, Part 2

I know rewrites are a no-no, but these posts just don’t feel effective. For various reasons, they seem to cause confusion and unsettled emotions. I didn't write what I meant to say (see Melinda Inman’s post called Writing What We Mean). So, I’m offering three replacement posts that I hope are clearer and more cohesiv…

Getting Off on the Wrong Two Feet

Two arms, two legs, ten fingers, ten toes.
All is good in the maternity ward.

Or so it seemed…
When will the crying end? Why do the ‘terrible twos’ last more than a year? Why won’t they listen to me? How did they become friends with ________? Teenagers!
Sometimes they grow up, but too many of them just get older.

We’re not really cute, little bundles of joy underneath those chubby cheeks. That’s what the Apostle Paul would tell us:

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
“Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.”
“There is no

Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum and a Smile in the New Year

I recently read Scripture at a friend’s wedding.It was an honor for me to proclaim God’s Word to the wedding party and guests.I could have declined or made excuses, and maybe even suggested someone else for the job, but weddings are exciting events!Declining was furthest from my heart.If you’ve been in a wedding, you know what I mean.
I don’t think many of us would say we participated in a wedding ‘out of the goodness of our hearts.’This is because it’s not so much a hardship as it is a privilege.And the highest privilege, being a maid of honor or best man, isn’t really about what we have to offer.It’s about who we are: someone dear to the bride or groom.

We are also dear to God – especially dear.  Do we serve Him with the same readiness and enthusiasm?  Or do we bring stipulations and conditions?  Do we hold off until there’s a task that matches our higher skill sets?  Do we wait for someone to ask for our help?

If so, then maybe I’ll be the first to say we have already been asked and i…