Stop Trying to Be God

March 9, 2011 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

I had a friend once, who, after hearing my litany of very worthy complaints, said to me, “So, why are you trying to be God?”

In other words, I was scared that my mom wasn’t safe in Iraq, and I thought my worry was necessary to change things:  trying to be God.

I had been sick, and it was tiring, and I was stressed, and somehow, my staying there would change things:  trying to be God.

Today, I’ve had some issues come up with one of my kids and I want to fix it!  Trying to be God.

I have set the boundaries.  I have pointed out the problem.  I have done my part.  Now, it’s time for a response.

I do not have to own the stress.  I do not have to fix the problem (yet).  I have done today’s work.  Now, I need to let God be God.  In my life.  In my child’s life.

Lord, be God.  Do what I cannot.  Speak.  Help.  Give wisdom and discernment.  Help this one make good choices in spite of a million “good” things pulling attention away.

Help me know how far to go.  When to move. When to stop.  “The boundaries you have placed for me are pleasant places.  Sure I have a delightful inheritance.”  (Psalms)


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