1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NRSV)

Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29so that no one might boast in the presence of God.  30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

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During my second year of teaching at Hopi Day School in Kykotsmovi, Arizona, I came up with a brilliant plan.  I was certain my idea would be embraced by the staff and I would be the recipient of many accolades for my wisdom and creativity.  I was feeling confident, maybe even boastful, as I entered the staff meeting to present my plan.  By the end of the meeting, my colleagues had discovered flaws and obstacles I had overlooked.  This was not the outcome I had envisioned.  I had spent a lot of time and energy and now I felt like I had accomplished nothing.

My teaching assistant, Mrs. Hamana, sought me out after the meeting.  She knew I was disappointed, so she was gentle, but honest.  She encouraged me to try again, and ask for input and suggestions from my fellow teachers.  “Don’t feel like you have to do it all by yourself,” she said.

Her words of redirection were heeded, and my plan turned into our plan. And our plan was a good one, better than anything I could have come up with on my own. God is continually coming up with better ways for me to live me life, I just have to recognize I need him.  I can’t do it all by myself; that was never His plan.  I envision Jesus with his head tilted to the side, and a bit of a smirk on his face, saying, “So, Vicky, you’ve tried your way.  How about giving 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 a try?”

Prayer:  I will, Lord, I will remember you are the Creator of all good things.  You are my Alpha and Omega.  You bring me righteousness, sanctification and redemption, Lord.  You are an awesome God.

Vicky Rankin

Prayer:  Awesome God by Michael W Smith: http://youtu.be/3b1iwLIMmRQ

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