Today's sermon was about submission. Submit to God first and foremost; and to the people around you. If that word has a way of making anyone shutter, it's me. I grew up a full fledged Scorpio. Look up the definition of the sign and you will see stubborn, manipulative, unyielding, challenging...
Yup, that was me. I found comfort in bending rules to make life work for me instead of making myself work for life. I like that over the last few years, I have worked to release those negative things about myself and have really embraced how following the "rules" of life brings better things to my well being.
God has rules for us. His rules always sound so simple, but human nature (read: sinful) has a way of making it really hard to follow those simple rules. As our Pastor put it today, it's impossible. Without the Holy Spirit that is. I believe my baptism placed the Holy Spirit in my heart and to say that's a blessing is an understatement. At some point along the journey, as a very natural progression of my life ensued, I can look back and say that the Holy Spirit has molded me. I feel blessed that it took a form of a "sneak attack" on me because I can honestly say I probably would have resisted it if I knew what was happening. There is something in me that always wants to resist authority. God has a way of gently leading me in His ever present direction. It amazes me and it's really a lot bigger than I can even describe here. I just had to reflect for a while as I gather my thoughts and allow them to soak in on the subject of submission.
"Submit yourselves to one another because of your reverence for Christ" Ephesians 5:21