Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Cut Above

Robin cuts our kids hair and has done so for all most their lives while they were growing up, except for a rare exception here and there. I can’t count how many times I've heard them instructed to sit still. And occasionally there has even been a comment about not being responsible for the outcome if they didn't. But I think it very safe to say that they got their best and quickest haircuts when they sat in full compliance and didn't fight it.

I also remember a time when she got a phone call to clean up a haircut that another parent had started on their own child. By the time Robin got to this little boy the task was a bit challenging. Needless to say, no matter how good or bad the hair cut—it grows back.

In so many ways this might compare with our relationship with God. God is very capable of cutting the hair of the wiggliest of His children, and He is faithful to grow them when after their self-defiance and disobedience, they then choose to listen and obey.

Speaking for our kids, they have learned that their mom really does know how to cut their hair, and additionally, they are rightly convinced that I don’t without having had to experience the reality of what I might do (though it is fun to think about it). But it wasn't always that way, there have been those seasons when they thought their mom might mess up or not do it the way they wanted. But over the years they really have learned to trust, obey, and sit still. They have also learned that their mom does listen to their desires and works to cut their hair in line with those desires.

Today Sarah writes about us becoming more the person that God created us to be, and this happens best when we yield to Him. In order to do this it requires that we sit still and stop fighting. Fighting just makes it a bit more difficult for us and causes it to take longer.

Psalm 111:7-10 “The works of His hands are truth and justice; all His precepts are sure. They are upheld forever and ever; they are performed in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.”

Ephesians 2:8-10 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

Ephesians 4:15 "but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,”

Jesus said in Matthew 10:30-31, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear….”

Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (6/30)

I am the truth: the One who came to set you free. As the Holy Spirit controls your mind and actions more fully, you become free in Me. You are increasingly released to become the one I created you to be. This is a work that I do in you as you yield to My Spirit. I can do My best handiwork when you sit in the stillness of My Presence, focusing your entire being on Me.

Let My thoughts burst freely upon your consciousness, stimulating abundant Life. I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. As you follow Me, I lead you along paths of newness: ways you have never imagined. Don’t worry about what is on the road up ahead. I want you to find your security in knowing Me, the One who died to set you free.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

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