Mother’s Day/Submission/Life

11 May

Hello friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration.  It is ironic that this week begins Richard Foster’s discussion of the discipline of submission.  As I have gone through Foster’s text this time I feel as though it has shaped my life and made it so much better.

The scripture text for Monday is pivotal for the concept of the disciple of submission.

Monday: The example of Christ                             Philippians 2:1-11

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
    he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

It is the paradox of our faith that in humbling ourselves we are exalted.  Maybe, you don’t believe this, or have a tough time wrapping your mind around it; but think of Mother’s Day.  It is the nature of motherhood to first give our bodies to another life for 9 months to grow.  During my pregnancy I couldn’t eat sweets because of gestational diabetics, there are others who quit smoking or change something in their lives to make sure the life they are carrying will be OK.

And once the babies are out of our bodies it only get more complicated.  But after 20 years or so most of those people get the hang of clothing and feeding themselves.

I believe that when we can let go of our need to “be heard”, “be right”, “be appreciated”, “be understood”, etc. life gets easier and more enjoyable.  I think that is linked to the discipline of submission.

I am not sure any of this makes sense [but I am letting go of that too].  Talk to God about it.  Enjoy the love that you can share today and know that God pours out a beautiful spirit of love upon you.  Peace

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