September 2, 2005

The Undeserved Paddling...

My memory took me back to Howe, Texas today. Howe is a small rural town in north central Texas. It has grown some but still remains a bedroom community to Sherman which is 8 miles north on highway 75. It was where I grew up and attended Howe Elementary and Howe High School. For some strange reason, I was thinking about all the paddlings I got, one in particular. It was the only one that I can think of that I didn't deserve. I know you're thinking, "but what about all those you didn't get that you did deserve?" You are so right. Why do we tend to focus on the things we think we got unjustly, and forget about all the things we got by with? I think it may have to do with entitlement. For whatever reason we start to feel we are entitled to certain things. Certain treatment, benefits or blessings. It is not entitlement we need, but grace. I am not sure about paddlings, but God certainly knows what we need and gives to us abundantly, not because we deserve it, but because he knows what's best and desires to bless us. Who knows, maybe I did deserve it after all.

1 comment:

LARRY IN FT WORTH said...

HI RON,
VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE. I ALSO WONDER ABOUT ALL THE TIMES THAT I GOT AWAY WITH STUFF AND HOW I REALLY WAS DISSAPOINTMENT TO MY PARENTS AND MOST OF ALL TO GOD. I SOMETIMES DWELL ON THOSE THINGS WAY TOO MUCH INSTEAD OF JUST RELAXING IN THE LOVE AND GRACE OF THE LORD. I,AS WE ALL ARE,AM TOTALLY DEPENDANT ON THE LORD.HE IS MY LIFE AND I LONG TO BE PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT.
I LONG FOR THE TIME WHEN I WILL SEE HIM FACE TO FACE AND WILL KNOW HIM AS HE KNOWS ME.
THEN I CAN PRAISE HIM AND WORSHIP AS HE IS ENTITLED TO BE PRAISE AND WORSHIPED.
TAKE CARE MY BROTHER,
LARRY IN FT. WORTH