My Way or no way

How many times have we come up short with what we are told by God to do. It seems sometimes we don’t understand or don’t want to understand our horrible flaw of disobedience. I sometimes think that God needs to hit me over the head to show me what it is like for him to deal with a child who wants to do it their way. I had a student this week who was to write her own lines after doing some research on the products of a region of Virginia. After showing her a site where all she had to do was copy the products I thought all was said and done.

When she got up to recite her lines they were not the ones suggested to her at all. They didn’t even cover the same subject of products. She felt that from her way of thinking they should be quite different and not the products at all. As a teacher I was distraught, but again helped her with the products. I wonder how God feels when we from our perspective think something would be best done or said in a different way. God, King of Kings and Lord of Heaven and Earth, how could we disappoint You. You must be terribly distraught with us shaking your head in disbelieve that we once again chose our way instead the KING’s WAY.

Why do we feel we have to do it my way or no way?

Published by rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

17 thoughts on “My Way or no way

  1. Disobedience is serious and calls for discipline. Hebrews 12:6 “The Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as his child.” Proverbs 3:12 “The Lord corrects those he loves, just as parents correct the child they delight in.” I wonder if the child’s action has anything to do with our exhibiting the fruit of the spirit, patience. Paul says, “clothe yourselves with patience.”

  2. Ignorance of the ‘law” is no excuse. I sometimes use the EXCUSE that I did not understand the command. Or that my interpretation of what was directed was different than the intention of the director. Sometimes we don’t understand but then why don’t we ask?
    Our school rates on the report card the children’s ability to follow directions so that they realize it is an important attribute and a godly issue to FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.

  3. Understanding doesn’t have to precede obedience. Neither does agreement with the command or request. If those were prerequisites we would live in anarchy. God instituted governmental order because that is how we are healthy, blessed and protected.
    Abraham’s faith preceded his obedience to God when he went to the place God told him to go not even knowing where he was going.(Heb 11:8).

  4. My Bible

    I know that she’s old and she’s tattered and torn
    And her pages sure all look afright
    But many’s the time that she thrilled this old heart
    And I sat up and read her all night.

    And there was a time that the flood waters came
    As I sailed all alone on life’s sea
    And satan did rob me of friends and of fame
    But I kept my old Bible with me.

    And downward I plunged in the dungeon of sin
    And I sank in the filth and mire
    Then the old Bible spoke with the voice of Him
    Who wrote it with blood and with fire.

    How long will ye labour and walk all alone
    And drink ye from sin’s bitter cup?
    Your heart is now empty and so are your hands
    So I opened the old book back up.

    “For by Grace are ye saved,” was the first thing I read
    “Thru faith that is not of yourself”
    And I cried out, “Oh yes, Lord, I know what you mean”
    And she’s never been back on the shelf.

    So I keep my old Bible right here by my side
    Cause she’s proven to be my best friend
    For she talks to my heart and she speaks with my soul
    And she’s faithful right down to the end.

    William R. Waterman, Sr.

  5. Rena, I have reread your blog, maybe there was a communication issue whether you thought so or not. That is what others tell me at times like this. But, why did you feel distraught? I understand that you had the feeling because I have it many times in issues like unto this. But, why would we feel distraught? Is that the way we should feel? If no, how should we feel at times like this? This could help me and I am sure many others to understand and deal with our feelings. Thanks

  6. Mr. Waterman, you sure have a wise old friend and one that sticks closer than a brother. One that stays with you all night and awake and active and interacts with you in need and in deed. Proverb 18:24 “A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

    I love in your poem you show how when one walks all alone they can find this wise old friend and she once again acts reciprocally from heart to heart and soul to soul. I pray that many reading this poem and needs a friend to absorb their loss will find her and acquaint themselves with her once again or maybe for the very first time.

    Thanks for sharing your poem.

  7. I would not have felt distraught except that the other 26 students were very excited and very off task while I tried to quickly retrieve the missing information.

  8. Rena, if I am understanding correctly, that when we do as this child did it has consequences for all involved. For instance if the others students were off task waiting on teacher, it steals education from the others in class. If we were to pause (Selah) and think about our actions and what it cost others as well as ourselves maybe we could get better. You are really giving me something to think about.

  9. Thanks for sharing your poem Mr Waterman and letting others know that when we go our own way and miss the path the Savior has for us to walk that the Bible is a compass to get us back on track.

  10. Sara that is a helpful insight. I think you once said to me something like ‘nobody sins in a vacuum’.
    It’s kind of like Newtons 3rd law of Motion “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” That child’s action caused a reaction in Rena which impacted other students negatively. Being out of order in one area of our life can cause disorder in other innocent lives.

  11. Debi, you are right. I think my Mother taught me “nobody sins in a vacuum” or a saying like unto it. When you bring it to the level of sin we must remember there is only one way out of that or so I believe and that is a confession to Jesus with a heart of repentance. He has the power to forgive each of us for our sins by the blood that He shed at Calvary on the Cross. But, the consequences of the outcome of the sin still has to be dealt with by the ones involved.

    This behavior situation that Rena has spoken of here leaves us to again pause and think. I think as teachers many times we see things in our students and it is a mirror of our very selves. Or, giving us the opportunity to see just how beautiful the fruit of the Spirit can be in our lives.

  12. After redirecting the child several more times and practicing two additional times the play went off without a hitch. Even another parent who only saw us practice stopped by to say how impressed she was. Patience and the hope that the students would do a good job happened!

  13. Mother Mary’s Christmas

    That first night while the baby slept,
    I am sure that Mother Mary wept.
    For I believe that she could see
    That He must die for you and me.
    And though from far and wide they came
    To worship Him and praise His name,
    I know she looked far down the road
    And saw Him bear His heavy Load.

    Then hearing sounds that babies make,
    And reaching down her babe to take,
    She held Him tightly as He slept;
    And I believe that Mary wept.
    And I believe each day she cried,
    Until the day that Jesus died.
    When He arose, His promise kept –
    Then I believe that Mary slept.

    William R. Waterman

    There were no starched white uniforms, No caring doctors bent anxiously over mother and child. No sounds of sharp heels clicking down clean, waxed corridors; only the sound of cattle lowing while the soft gentle voice of Mother Mary greeted the baby Jesus. Outside the world slept. Isn’t it sad that upon his return, he’ll find most are still sleeping?

  14. Great and insightful words, Bill. Thanks for these thoughts that we will mull over and consider as our Christmas season gets under way.
    Keep them coming. Super.

  15. Bill, after reading your poem and comment, I thought of the following verses. With Christmas knocking at our heart’s door maybe we can respond with a trumpet alarm to awaken us from our sleep.
    Ephesians 5:14 (NKJV) “ Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

    Romans 13:11 (NCV) Do this because we live in an important time. It is now time for you to wake up from your sleep, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

  16. “Why do we feel we have to do it my way or no way?” Rena, I believe we want to do it our way, because of the old sin nature that exists; in all of us, who do not yield to the Holy Spirit. I have been in a Bible study, recently, directed by Beth Moore, on the fruits of the Spirit, and BOY, do I have a lot to learn and try to implement in my own life! One of the scriptures used for the fruit of the Spirit, peace, ( in Beth’s study book) is in Romans. Read with me: (Romans 8:6) “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Lord, help us to have a mind controlled by Your Spirit, so that we may have life and peace. Help us to remember that Your Way is the only way. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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