(Happy Valentine’s Day! … go kiss your sweetie.)
Submission is NOT about checking your brain at the door.
When you choose to submit to an authority, you’re not saying they are necessarily smarter or better. You’re just agreeing with God that it’s His choice that they be in charge, that He will gift them to do what they are called to do and that you’re going to go along with that. This is not license to check out intellectually. Aside from the fact that you still have to think through what you are doing, you are still responsible for your choices and actions (if an authority asks you to do something wrong, you have to be engaged enough to be aware of that (more on this later)).
Submission is NOT about being a robot, a non-person.
You don’t stop being a person when you submit to someone. You just take all the good that you are and work with the direction of that authority. Your perspectives, your thoughts and your experience are great gifts that you use in all that you do, regardless of who is in charge.
Submission does NOT mean that you have no voice.
Submission means that you are willing to follow. It does not mean that you can’t question, ask for something you need or suggest an idea. You just do those things in a respectful, kind way.
(A reminder ~ Jesus is our example. He was intellectually engaged, certainly not a robot or a non-person, and He had a voice (He talked intimately with the Father and when faced with the cross, even asked if it was possible to change plans.). Submission doesn’t make you less of a person, it just makes you a wise and God-honoring person.)
More tomorrow …
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Don’t forget to take advantage of the after Valentine’s Day sales ~ lots of red, lots of hearts. Tuck it away to use another day.
Be generous! Lori <><