Are you ‘Flexible’ ? Is everything under Scrutiny?
Many of us are crippled from birth. The backbone of our standard for living comes fused into unyielding rules and regulations. We are rigid in our determination to control life’s course and outcome. We have this need to scrutinise every little detail of life, through a magnifying glass.
We are so sure, for example, how people ought to look, behave and respond. Things have to be done a certain way, our way. We know too, exactly how a godly marriage should ‘operate’ and, we are quite familiar with the model of the ‘ideal Christian family scene’, which, of course, we intend to ‘duplicate perfectly’.
Then realityof life sneaks up and whacks us from behind, seeking to break our unbending back and our stiff neck, threatening to paralyse us.
There is a cure!
We are offered an opportunity to exercise the suppleness of godly grace and perspective. Each time life throws us a punch, we can do a deep-knee bend, forcing out muscles of faith, hope, and understanding to stretch.
Eventually, that brittle backbone will grow strong and supple, bending with the rhythm of grace yet standing tall and firm in the face of compromise and challenge.
All of this requires considerable daily “give”. Such give is not a one-time choice but a lifestyle of generosity, spontaneity , and openness to truth.
How often I have thought that if I could give just one gift to my children
besides a heart of God, that it would be the golden gift of flexibility
which would start by kneeling down in prayer .