The Roles We Play


“Grandma, You are not obeying me”!

These were the words of my two-year-old grandson the other night.

They stopped me in my tracks and made me laugh.

The thought that immediately went through my head was that “he must hear these words a lot”!

He is learning obedience.  He had recently been on vacation with his family.

He had a wonderful time, but there were moments (daily) where…he almost fell into a cactus, he almost fell off of an old western boardwalk, and more than I can now recall to write about.

He’s a sweet little boy (says his grandma)…with a strong “little will of his own”.

Some children obey with a look from a parent, while others need a little more “teachable moments”.   Ahem…I think we can all picture one or two people who fall into the latter category. 

I think growing up I fell into the first category.   I didn’t want to cause trouble.  I pretty much obeyed (atleast on the outside).  I have a sister who fell into the latter category.  We can laugh about it today.

The funny thing is, I’m sure at times I sound like my grandson in my prayers.

God. You need to obey me!

You need to do this and this and this.

This is important God!

I think at times He might even chuckle.  It’s ridiculous!

I am 57 years old.  I’m not going to be taking orders and “obeying” my two-year-old grandson…no matter how much I love him!

God is God.

He knows all.  He sees all.

He sees the beginning from the end.

He knows His purpose in a situation.

He knows when I’m obeying on the outside, but standing on the inside and He loves me enough to not let me stay in that frame of mind and heart.

As you go about your day today…

May you slow down enough to see your true “role” in this life.

May He lead and guide and may you obey.

He loves us like no one else.

He knows the plans He has for us and the role He desires us to play.

His ways are higher than our ways.

May we learn to trust and obey…for there is no better way.


Psalm 139:17

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God”


Psalm 119:34

“Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.”


Deuteronomy 32:4

“He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all his ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.”




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