If not for God, I’d be a wreck: absent dad; drunk step-father; lousy young-adulthood; and a string of other sinners over the years wielding authority over me. How come, then, I’m not a wreck? I’m glad you asked. Here are some of my personal policies. Some of them might seem harsh. Well, in my experience, some people are harsh. I try to season these with love, and want to acknowledge right here that sometimes I fail. Nonetheless, here it is:
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God is my [only] Controller.
Jesus is my Shepherd.
The Spirit is my power.
The Bible is my guide.
I must pray.
I won’t be manipulated.
I obey as God leads me.
My identity is mine.
No one tells me who not to love.
Sin is not excused due to rank.
I prefer people who can take criticism.
When in harm’s way, I escaped.
I work hard to not let it “jade” me.
I rely on God to calm stress.
Each situation further opens my eyes.
Play-actors don’t fool me.
The arrogant don’t impress me.
Special revelation? Flushhh!
Oppression = Depression.
My brain. My decisions.
Guilt is not exploitation.
No peer pressure.
Ask questions. Then ask some more.
I’m wary of people who report to nobody.
I get intimidated, but undaunted.
I’m not afraid of threats.
I try not to be outnumbered.
Humiliation doesn’t faze me. 😉
I won’t listen if someone misuses Scripture.
I guard my personal details.
No room for stupid rules.
I fear no one but God.
Middle management: Ha!
Chihuahuas don’t change guard dogs.
I openly rebuke blame-shifters.
Burdens get divvied up fairly.
I defer some tasks to the delegator.
Hypocrites are hinky; I like honesty.
My peeps’ mantra: h.u.m.i.l.i.t.y.
I have a large circle of support.
I don’t work for lousy bosses.
Double-standards are always wrong.
Turn trials into lessons.
Turn regrets into resolve.
Turn anger into peace.
Turn grief into hope.
I don’t exceedingly mourn losses.
I replaced what was lost with good things.
I didn’t let anyone shut me down (for long).
If I’m unhappy, it’s up to me to fix it.
I work at properly prioritizing.
Everyone sins. I must forgive.
Nobody’s better than me. (or worse.)
I can confront when necessary.
My neighbor’s mote doesn’t negate my log.
I rarely bottle things up.
I must confess, repent, and walk with God.
I enjoy my freedom in Christ.
God causes all things for my good.
I study God’s character.
I pursue peace.
I have fun!