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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Telling God No

We have this little issue in the Johns house. It really is nothing major but it gets me majorly worked up sometimes.

The problem is this... with 4 fairly intelligent humans living here it seems only one of us is capable of placing a new roll of toilet paper on a toilet paper holder. And I'm sure you can guess who this one person could be.

I've asked nicely... I've demonstrated correctly... but the ability just eludes them and that amazes me.

I have great faith in the fact they CAN do this. It may require a little fasting and prayer, which more of either one of these, no matter the purpose, could definitely not hurt. But, I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that it IS possible for them to accomplish this mission. I just know it! I believe it! And one day I will see it!! (Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, even if it is just faith in a family applying skills a 2 year old possesses ya'll.)

As I ponder all of this each time I enter a bathroom in our house to see a fresh new roll... strategically placed on top of the empty roll... that still has one square of paper hanging on for dear life...

God seems to prick my heart strings with the same thought towards me:

Tina, I have taught you, left my word for you and was the example for you. Why are you not doing the things I have asked you to do?

I have to say this stings, because to be honest, if I am not doing all I know God is asking me to do, it's because I have chosen to not do them.

The question really begs at this point, If I am not doing what I know God has asked me to do, is that because I don't care? Is it me being selfish not wanting to take a few moments out of my day to really ask someone, "Are you OK?"

Is it me not believing I can do all things through Christ?

Or is it an honest lack of ignorance to the facts?

Maybe it's because I don't want to fail, so therefore I never begin.

Whatever the reason we in times past made the choice to say no to God, today is a new day, full of new marching orders, and I want to be someone God can give the job to and count on to get it done.

Let's think for a moment about what would have happened if Noah told God no? You and I might not be here today.

Or if Moses said no?

Joseph could have chosen to not forgive his brothers and the whole nation of Israel could have perished from the planet.

What if Mary said no?

Or Jesus?

Who could we possibly save if we just simply said the three letter word yes? Yes Lord, to your will and to your ways.

If we ever really get Ephesians 3:20 (Now to Him that is able to do exceedingly... abundantly... above all we ask or think...) the possibilities for God would be endless.

We are all ordinary people serving an extraordinary God who believes in us way more than we believe in Him. But if we can muster up just enough faith, like that of a mustard seed, hold on because we will be in for the ride of our lives!!

That's the life I want to live!!

Here I am today God, use me!!

p.s. If you would like to sign up your spouse and kids, I will be conducting a six week class on How to Keep Momma Happy By Properly Changing a Roll of Toilet Paper and maybe ladies, just maybe, we'll have one less issue to deal with. :)


Unreasonable Grace said...

Sign up my family, please!

Barbara said...

If you were married to a server, you'd be fasting and praying just for different reasons. Really cute post....and words we all need to remind ourselves of.

Jenny said...

I'm signing up William. The girls are great at it. My dear husband still needs a little extra instruction.

Great post! Love ya!