I have to admit there are times when I just want to knock people upside their heads – hoping it would knock some sense into them so they would think right, speak right, act right, react right and interact right! Yep! Those very prideful, social-guru-of-the-world thoughts really do bounce around inside my head. And more times than I’d like to admit. Only by God’s good grace, can I thankfully say that I haven’t carried through by knocking any people upside their heads. Yet. (Giving a flick on the forehead doesn’t count, right?)
Instead, I have learned (And God keeps me in His continual remediation lessons!) that I must invite God to, first, knock me upside my own fool head! There, God can teach me and lead me with His far wiser, far kinder, more balanced and more loving ways for my thoughts, words, actions, reactions and interactions.
And, oh! It is always so much better when we do things God’s way! So much better for ourselves and for all others involved. Instead of knocking people upside their heads out of my own frustration and pride, I’m called to take God’s Word to heart – and into my head – and choose His ways in all situations. Always.
But you, keep your head in all situations… – 2 Timothy 4:5
In Christ, and through His Spirit, we are given deep and unfailing gifts of love, wisdom, grace, truth, peace, patience, maturity and compassion. These gifts are able to empower us to choose God’s eternal perspective and remain calm and thoughtful, humble and strong, kind and compassionate, balanced and wise even in the midst of the most difficult situations.
Right in the midst of a sudden crisis. Right in the midst of facing cruel misjudgment. Right in the midst of harsh and unjustified confrontation. Right in the midst of devastating news. Right in the midst of betrayal. Right in the midst of ridicule. Right in the midst of crushing loss. Right in the midst of confusion. Right in the midst of watching those we care about make sinful, stubborn, hurtful and harmful choices that deeply affect themselves and others in their lives.
Our God calls us to keep our heads in all situations.
The very best way – the only way – for us to do this is to actively and intentionally (and with a lot of deep, calming breaths) choose to –
…keep in step with the Spirit! – Galatians 5:25
May we each invite our Lord to rule our every thought, word, action, reaction and interaction so that we may keep our heads in all situations – and, thereby, lovingly and wisely protect the heads and hearts of all those around us!