When Push Comes To Shove… Infant Ways

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Wandering Thoughts, When Push Comes To Shove

General Eisenhower would demonstrate the art of leadership with a piece of string. He’d put it on a table and say: “PULL it and it will follow wherever you wish. PUSH it and it will go nowhere at all. It’s just that way when it comes to leading people. They need to follow a person who is leading by example.”

1 Corinthians 13 – would be leading by example, not when push comes to shove. This is a continuation from yesterday.

ed if you speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, (which i try to do) and ed if you have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, ( there have been an attempt or two) but you don’t love, you’re nothing. ed if you give everything you own (i give a lot) to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr( not burned at stake), but you don’t love, you’ve gotten nowhere. So, in conclusion no matter what i say, what i believe, and what i do, i am bankrupt (at the end of my resources; lacking) without love.

ed, love never gives up. Never gives up on what? That i can change someone’s mind or direction? Or, on God working all things together for my good?

ed, love cares more for others than for self. But what if i am taken advantage of, what if i am hurt? Excuse!

ed, love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. But what about hoping and desiring more? Is that taboo? Excuse!

ed, love doesn’t strut, love doesn’t have a swelled head, What about being confident? Excuse!

ed, love doesn’t force itself on others, What about leading and being a good negotiator? Excuse!

ed, love isn’t always “me first,” Somebody has to be so why not me? Excuse!

ed, love doesn’t fly off the handle, Just a moment not how i usually am? The word says to not let the sun go down on my anger, so i’ve got time. Excuse!

ed, love doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, No but i can learn from their past, right? Excuse!

ed, love doesn’t revel when others grovel, It’s not reveling if i’m just celebrating my victory? Excuse!

ed, love takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Well truth is in the mind of the beholder, right? Excuse!

ed, love puts up with anything, Really… but when is enough, enough? Excuse!

love trusts God always, love always looks for the best, love never looks back, and ed, love keeps going to the end. i know, i know, i know, but?

Love never dies. That means that love is always the right way to deal with life and the people in it. Excuse… No Truth!

Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit.

ed you know only a portion of the truth, and what you say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, your incompletes will be canceled. ed, when you were an infant at your mother’s breast, you gurgled and cooed like any infant. When you grew up, you were to leave those infant ways for good.

ed, you don’t yet see things clearly. you’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! You’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees you, knowing him directly just as he knows you! But for right now, until that completeness, ed, you have three things to do to lead you toward that consummation: ed, trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.

A closing story of When Push Comes To Shove.

The only opening manager of a large department store, was in a rush when they had two no shows and one late arrival. While in the office trying to call some workers in, they notice a customer waiting in line at the returns counter. They hang up the phone and run over to where she’s standing.

Manager: “Sorry, ma’am, it’s been a hectic morning.”

Customer: “You’d better be. I’ve been waiting here for over half an hour!”

Manager: *puzzled* “I’m sorry, I don’t think that’s possible.”

Customer: “Yes, it is. I’ve been waiting here!”

Manager: “It’s only 8:07 am. We opened at 8:00 am.”

Customer: “Over ten minutes, then!”

When push comes to shove things deep inside me are capable of coming out and surprising me and simply explaining it by saying “that’s not me normally is not sufficient.”


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