Leading Yourself: Taking the "Buts" Out of Your Life

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I have been a parent for 12 years now. There are still moments in which I can't believe that God has entrusted me with someone else's life.  For the most part my kids trust me, unless they think I might tickle them. They also have a hard time trusting me if they believe that my advice is not probable. I will remind them of a truth they are familiar with and in rebuttal I will hear, "Well yes, but..."

We have all faced situations where we have heard someone respond this way or have ourselves said this. Maybe we believe that the solution offered is too simplistic or the advice too naive. "My circumstance is more complicated than that." I admit that I find these conversations with my kids funny. As adults, our understanding surpasses that of a child

Yet, we are still children ourselves. We say, "Yeah, but..." to God all the time. As if His ways failed to see all the details of what is happening and as if His truths are not eternal and all-consuming. Recently I heard that sometimes we are too smart for our own good. Sub-consciously we believe we have a better handle on our situation than God does so we make our own plans and come up with our own solutions. Yet, I believe that God just wants us to stop saying 'but' when He has already spoken. Too, simple? 

Let's explore this further on Sunday morning as we continue learning how to lead ourselves. Have a look, though, at Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And lean not on your own understanding
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will make your paths straight

Ask God to reveal His meaning in the light of your circumstance. 

See you on Sunday,