Inside all women’s bodies are who they really are. We are right to call men to account for their sins in this area. But, how can we ignore the fact that women, too, are among the worst offenders? We, who are so keenly aware of all that exists inside the shell of a woman. We are so easily tempted to talk and think as if the sum of a woman is what she looks like. Let us remember that all women are as real and deep and beautiful as a tender thirteen year old in her brand new braces, smiling at us with a hint of hope, vulnerable. What will we do with this woman’s soul? I pray we won’t cast it aside in favor of discussing all of the details of her body. What a waste. What a crime. What a devastating reduction of what God has so fearfully and wonderfully made.
Subjection is the act of a ruler to force obedience. He uses fear or force or intimidation to break the will of the people so they eventually surrender to him. They give up and wave the white flag. They’ve been conquered. They are now in subjection to this leader.
Submission is the act of someone who acknowledges legitimate authority and willingly arranges himself or herself accordingly. Submission is voluntary, never forced. It is responding to the divine order of things first in the heart and then in the life.
When I was in my twenties, I felt so discouraged and stalled out by my career. It didn’t make sense at the time. I had no idea where I was going. Looking back, I now see that every step along the way wasn’t a meaningless waste of time but was really great preparation for what I’m doing now. I needed something from every one of those experiences to do good work in my current job.
Remember the wisdom of author Jill Briscoe:
Go where you’re sent.
Stay where you’re put
Give what you’ve got.
Do so until you’re done.
And above all . . . serve the work.
Christians who shine the light of the gospel on the myths of our world do not simply say, “This is right and this is wrong,” but “This is better.” The gospel tells a better story. Yes, the gospel exposes the lies we believe and promote in society, but once our eyes adjust to its brightness, we discover how the gospel also answers our deeper longings in ways that surprise us. Evangelism is not just convincing people the gospel is true but also that it is better.
Televangelist Jesse Duplantis had a very interesting message for viewers of his show This Week with Jesse. He wants a new jet. As he explains, he’s owned several, but would like the state-of-the-art Falcon 7x, which, according to this aviation site, costs more than $50 million, so he can go around the world without refueling. He would also like to pay for it in cash.
An apprentice at a Texas salon filmed a touching scene of a husband taking a crash-course in hair styling because his wife no longer had the fine motor skills after suffering a stroke, the Houston Chronicle reported.