I wonder if God is trying to tell me something?
Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment. Romans 13:1 AMP
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He seems to be continually reminding me lately NOT to complain, but to honor and respect those in authority.
Being the parent of a child with a rare disease, it becomes difficult to stay humble and submissive when I have to be the "expert" on my kid. Many times, the doctors, therapists and teachers WILL look to me for some ideas, information, and suggestions; but not always. How I handle myself with our leaders, those in authority over our different areas of care, is critical to how I reveal God to the world.
There have been many times that I've been frustrated by mis-documented notes in my daughter's records, or inconsistencies in the opinions of specialist. It would be, and sometimes has been, all too easy to let my temper get the best of me. It's also too easy to complain about this department or that doctor. But lately, I've been bombarded with messages from God that how I treat my leaders really reveals my true heart. If I'm given to complaining about them, then my spirit becomes negative and impossible.
I found a couple more thought-provoking quotes regarding complaining and disrespecting leadership...
The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us. ― A.W. Tozer
Complaining is a killer. It will short-circuit the life of God in you faster than almost any other thing! Complaining indirectly communicates to the Lord, "I don't like what You are doing in my life-and if I were You, I would do it differently." Complaining is nothing more than a manifestation of insubordination to God's authority. --- John Bevere Ministry Today Magazine.Wow...I really never thought of a little complaining quite to this extent. But it DOES make sense! If I don't respect those whom God has put into positions of authority, then I am telling God that I don't trust his judgement. Clearly, I know better than God, right? Hmmm...
I think I should print those quotes and the Bible verse out and tape them to my car's dashboard and my bathroom's mirror. Actually, I need to stick it everywhere...inside coffee mugs, my purse, and have it printed onto the Otterbox for my phone. I need help remembering this when I talk to employers, teachers, pharmacists, pastors, doctors, therapists, my husband...
Oh boy...do I have a long way to go.
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me be slow to anger and frustration, and help me to remember that YOU have put people into positions of authority over me, and that I need to trust your judgement. I want you to change my heart regarding leadership. Help me to be a more reverent follower in order to become a better leader myself. Amen.