Giving up that “All Knowing Attitude”
Take heart, allow the discipline of submission to result in transforming an ‘all knowing’ attitude to an uplifted, pleasing will that is continually seeking God.
It’s August, 90 degrees on the average day with thick humidity that oppresses the lungs, making it difficult to take a breath. There’s sometimes relief in the clear, cool waters of a swimming pool and fresh cool air of the AC.
In the summer we submit to the heat by adjusting our environment, by seeking cooler areas. It’s the same with a stubborn heart that is steeped in perceiving what is best. A stubborn heart seeks confirmation in its perceptions, validation for its attitude towards others, and resistance to submit to God’s will. We sometimes disrupt our own peace by our “All Knowing Attitude”.
“Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”
It may be time to submit that ‘All knowing Attitude’ for a cleansing dunk in the humility pool. Have I sought out others with similar experiences and opinions for validation in my mindset? Does God’s word challenged that mindset? Do I pray for the changed heart of others, all the while praying for God to open my eyes to my own iniquities? Take notice, in my relationship with God, and perhaps yours as well…..He will start with my last request first. Yep, the thing that involves changing me?
A sudden cardiac event makes one reevaluate life as he (she) lives it. Those set ways of eating, drinking, living life to the full without regard to consequences suddenly comes to the forefront of our conscience. Therefore, another perspective must be considered. The relationship towards family members is a prime example of added stress to an already weakened heart.
If I understand at all what it means to submit to Almighty God and yield to His will. Then I understand relenting a time honored negative attitude in family relationships is imperative to healing a strained heart —Ephesians 5:21 states, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”.
This also applies to the person conquering the daily stressors of work life and the difficult boss.
1 Peter 2:18 states, ” Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.”
The reality today is we are not slaves, we may be slaves to sin or to work itself, but the person who we report to in the workplace is due the submission the job requires. Not internalizing anger, disagreement, or demands from that person. Moreover, handing those harsh realities over to God. Hence, allowing us to sow those seeds of peace. It may be time for that walk in the stairwell to pray, because you can’t do that on your own.
Take heart, allow the discipline of submission to result in transforming an ‘all knowing’ attitude to an uplifted, pleasing will that is continually seeking God. “Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father our spirits and live!” (Hebrews 12:9 NIV)
May you live this day with the assurance of your Father in Heaven’s great love, may your heart be strengthened as you submit to the Holy Spirit’s direction, and enjoy your swim in that humility pool!
Continue to read all labels, it takes a few days to train the mind in the way we want it to respond and it’s not a good idea to overwhelm it with too much information. Remember two things as you read:
1) Newest recommendation for sodium intake is 4 grams per day. If you are currently a heart patient that is reduced to 2 grams per day.
1 TSP SALT CONTAINS 2,300 MG SODIUM
2) Intake of sugar should be less than 10% of your daily calories. 2000 calorie diet would be less than 200 calories from sugar.
Ride a bike outside. On hot summer days it may be too hot to walk outside and riding a bike 20-30 minutes may be more comfortable. Enjoy God’s beautiful creation!