One thing I’ve learned in over twenty years of parenting is that the exercise of unquestioning authority rarely yields desired results. Just as a dammed river will reroute to continue flowing, people who feel forced, controlled or oppressed gain curious strength in alternate arenas.
As people of God, we can certainly rejoice in human resilience. Perhaps we can also look at the areas of our lives where we’ve become single-minded in our attempts to change or control others.
How can we collaborate with others so they flourish rather than locking doors so they have to jump out windows?
What would it mean to surrender control to God?
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