Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

Living Under Authority

Good Morning and welcome back to Relax, Refresh and Recharge Sunday.  Over the last several days I have been struggling with authority and  submission.  Being basically a newlywed – I struggle going from a totally self-sufficient, impulse decision maker individual to submitting to my husband’s authority in our household and being a team in our marriage.  Living life under someone’s rules has been a struggle for me since my early years in addiction.  Surprising since I am usually a people pleaser.

My devotions this morning was on just this topic – okay God, I am getting the message.

“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake; whether it be the king, as supreme, or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well (1 Peter 2:13,14).

I found it interesting that the writer said that if we find it difficult to live under the physical authorities in our life, we usually have difficulty submitting to the will of God in our lives.  The issue of control keeps rearing its ugly head.  Hubby calls it an attitude when I think it is really Satan trying to cause turmoil in my life.  I have to blame someone, right?

Truth be told, I do have difficulty submitting to the will of God when I don’t know what his plan is which is why I try to practice TRUST AND BELIEVE everyday.   As a leader in my business, I have been struggling lately with living my business life by God’s will.   I say the words and I place my business at his feet but when I can’t see the outcome, I quickly want to grab back control and handle things in my own way.  I remind myself daily that God has a plan for putting people on my team or as a hostess or a customer.  Sometimes it is a lesson that I need to learn while other times it is something that they need to learn.  The learning lesson for me is a whole lot easier to understand than the lesson that others need to learn.  In the midst of the devotion, it talked about the people that are in authority over us – how sometimes we don’t like them or respect them personally but true submission to God’s authority is that we will RESPECT the position that they have in authority over us.  Such a powerful reminder of true submission to God’s plan.  I can remember telling Belinda when she did things that I didn’t like as a child – “I may not like you right now but I will ALWAYS love you”.  

So, are you living your life (personal and business) under true submission to God?  Do you quickly grab control back when you can’t see the outcome or the plan fall into place?  As for me, I will start each day placing my life under God’s submission and as hard as it might be – I will LEAVE IT there.  I challenge you to do the same.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!