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The Honor of God

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I was educated in the Catholic school system by nuns. The prevailing wisdom stated that if something "bad" happened to you it's because you deserved to have it happen because somewhere along the way you had violated one of God's 1,350,000 rules. It was sort of a spiritual stun gun. The only people who God graced with suffering and the woes of this world were the saints.

The nuns were quick to point out to my parents that my brother Joe and I were not and probably never would be saints. So it was a foregone conclusion that we had to have done SOMETHING wrong.

I woke up at 2:30 this morning, just lying there letting my head clear a bit and the thought struck me that maybe, just maybe the aches and pains, the anger and frustration I often feeling werent a punishment but maybe, just maybe God was honoring me. Maybe, just maybe God sat wherever it is he sits and says, "This has gotta happen. It wont be pretty. I'm gonna give it to John. I can trust him with it. He'll b^*ch and moan, but he'll handle it. This situation was tailor made for John."

(I'm not crazy. As Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory states "My mother had me tested.")

If we believe in God's total and complete love for us; if we believe that here, in his kingdom on earth we are stewards of his creations, doesn't it stand to reason that he would honor us each because of our own unique abilities to influence and handle a situation that isnt always pleasant?

So as I lie there, I thought in a bit of groggy awe, "You choose ME." I got really quiet, put my arm around Joan and smiled as I fell back to sleep.

So, the next time, life throws you ave ball, stand tall. You're being honored by God.

"Well done, good and faithful servant.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NASFKAB 3/27/2014 1:15AM

  interesting point thanks for the blog

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NASFKAB 3/27/2014 1:14AM

  interesting point thanks for the blog

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CHARTHESTAR 3/26/2014 6:53PM

    you sure gave me something to think about.

I don't think I am being honored very much. I have a good life with just minor problems compared to what could be.

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GALINAZ 3/26/2014 6:34PM

    Reminds me of Anne Lamott's book, Help Thanks Wow

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LYNMEINDERS 3/26/2014 4:27PM

    Love it....
Your is an honour to do the hard yards here on earth for God....

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46SHADOW 3/26/2014 4:11PM

    Interesting. never looked at it that way.

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WORLDSERIES11 3/26/2014 3:49PM

    I also had 12 years of Catholic school....Sounds like we had the same Nuns in school!!
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MADTHENURSE 3/26/2014 1:40PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I never thought of things like that.... I'm frequently thankful for God's grace (when I screw up) but never thought of all the aches and pains, or times I felt "the deck was stacked" as being honored by God. Hmm... stuff to ponder. Have a great day, John!

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LOVINGKATE 3/26/2014 12:32PM

  Good Morning John, I was not brought up in the Catholic faith but only heard storys. I married a Catholic and converted only to change again later in life. All I can say is Why not me God. Here I am God please use me. I know God is my rock and my salvation. He is the one who is on line 24-7. He never hangs up on me, he listens to me, even when he wants me to be quiet and listen. I would be lost without my faith in Christ Jesus. Today is a gift. How we choose to open it is up to us. My pain can be aweful sometimes but I know He is helping me get through. So God, please use me. Love you John Have a great day. emoticon emoticon

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BAMAJAM2 3/26/2014 12:25PM

  John, are you telling us you were not an angelic student--? I can only imagine that you would get in trouble because you punched the school bully in the face! Haha

( I was also taught that God gives the greatest burdens to those He loves the most!)

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MSTWOMOONS002 3/26/2014 12:12PM

    Hi John; emoticon emoticon
I too was brought up Catholic all the way to my confirmation, I changed the course of my life when I got pregnant at 16 & chose to get married, my mother signed the papers and we'd set a wedding date, only to go to my church and my Priest asked questions & met my soon to be husband, them BLAM POW we were thrown out of the church, he wouldn't marry us because my husband wasn't Catholic & didn't want to convert, we were dammed to hell that day. Well this year will be our 43rd wedding anniversary in October.

I used to tell God the next time he really wanted me to know or do something I didn't need to be hit with a brick, a feather would do, I do talk to God several times a day sometimes hourly. I've been tested only to remember all I have to do is lean into the rock not move it up & over mountains, I have more than a mustard seeds worth of faith. I couldn't have lived through my life without all the loving help God gives to me, he can ask me anything, anytime. I know wherever I am God is and all will be well.

Have a great day, loved the Sheldon comment, I was tested too.

Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARTOONB 3/26/2014 10:13AM

    That is a profound way to look at things.

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    Maybe God could honor me a little less sometimes. LOL! emoticon

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REGILIEH 3/26/2014 8:46AM

    emoticon emoticon AMEN!!!

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SANDRALEET 3/26/2014 8:43AM

    we will with faith make it and Gods grace

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