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Jack Prelutsky, my favorite author of poetry for children wrote a poem, that includes these words:

I’m the single most wonderful person I know.

I’m witty, I’m charming, I’m smart,

I’m often so brilliant I actually glow …

 

… I’m uncategorically clever,

there is only one thing that I can’t understand –

why nobody likes me … not ever! (1)

 

The world has been vexing me lately.  From my perspective, no one sees things my way nor do they want to do things my way.  I cannot understand why everyone does not understand the brilliance of my logic and reasoning.

 

Surely, nothing is wrong with me.

 

God made a suggestion to me the other day … Try submitting to others!

 

Submit and submission are two words which go against the grain of our human nature.  

 

If you asked me to humble myself and to respect you I would not be so defensive, but please do not ask that I submit to you.  

 

Submission is demeaning and humiliating when it is forced upon us.

 

Submission is freeing, when we take it up.

 

I have decided to practice submitting to others.  While it is hard, I am finding it to be a blessing.  I am finding more peace in trusting God, than in battling others.  I know this peace is from God.  

 

Peter wrote: “Clothe yourselves with humility … for God gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)

 

Submission is humility put into practice!

 

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(1) The New Kid on the Block: Poems by Jack Prelutsky, Jack Prelutsky, Greenwillow Books, New York, 1984, p. 137.

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