And, we are supposed to be like little children.
God says so:
Truly I tell you, unless you change and be like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.--Matthew 18:3
(Click HERE to see Part One)
So, as a child, I can do some stuff, and some stuff I can't.
How do I tell the difference? How do I know when I am lifting too much weight?
So, I made a list--
What I can do:
Chores and jobs, the things I can pick up right now. Yes, I can do those.
I can control my immediate actions and attitudes. Yes. Don't like it much, but I can do that.
Not much, as it turns out.
I can deal with myself and this moment, but otherwise, I'm pretty much out of luck.
So, how about a list of what I can't do?
Control the weather.
Can I hang laundry? Can we go to the park?
Control my own circumstances.
Will the butcher have good pork chops for tonight's dinner?
Will the car stall out again?
Will the neighbor's dog dig up my petunias?
Will my husband keep his job for the next year?
Will our savings will last through retirement?
Will I or anyone I care about live through the day?
Convince someone else to do or feel or believe anything.
Will Jackie pick up his own socks today?
Will Joanie know that I made her favorite breakfast because I love her?
Will Johnny EVER come to a saving knowledge of Christ?
The second list, the one made of what I can't do, is much longer. Why am I surprised?
So, when God tells me to be like a child, what does he say to do?
He tells me to concentrate on the first list.
He tells me to let him do the weightlifting.
I just need to realize that I truly am a child--too little, too weak--whether I like it or not.
I just need to do what I can and let Him do what I can't.
And remember that His list is longer.
Hm....maybe that's not so bad after all.