Life’s little annoyances

I read a C.S. Lewis quote today.  “Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to annoy him at the moment.”   Today this was especially apropos.   Whether it be the discourteous driver who cut me off at a light or the elected official who is more interested in saving his own political skin than saving the life blood of his country,  I’m finding it difficult to feel benevolent.  I want to go on a rant, demonizing the lot of them!  I’d like to dock their pay for every day they mess around.  I’d like to curtail their hours in the Capitol gym and flights on their private jets for every job loss in the public sector.  I’d like to…

And then I read in 1 Peter 1:9 “Let’s not just talk about love, let’s practice love, living in God’s reality.”  It’s easy to forget that our reality is not God’s reality.  How difficult it must have been for the people in Caligula’s day to remember they too were living in God’s reality.  How impossible it must have been to “practice love,” not to rant against their emperor.  (Of course, the deterrent would help silence the most timid of souls, and did.”

Romans 13 gives instruction to the citizens of the 21st. Century as well as the 1st. Century believers.  “Everyone must submit himself to the authority…The authorities have been established by God…”  Ouch!  That’s a slap in the face.

If the truth be known, I don’t like to submit to anyone, (even my hubby, though our lives run more smoothly when I do),  let alone some yahoo in the government who doesn’t have two complete brain cells to rub together. Personally,  I like things to go my way–the right way, of course.  But God says…  “Submit.”  (sigh!)

The Ruler of the Universe didn’t ask me to make horrendous decisions that will effect millions of people.  He simply told me to submit.   “OK, Father God, I’ve chosen to do things Your way, not mine.   Tomorrow will bring new lessons in submission, I’m sure.  But, at least for today, I will choose to obey.  I will choose to submit.”

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