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June 07, 2010

Chapter-a-Day Isaiah 55

Myers-Briggs. "I don't think the way you think. The way you work isn't the way I work." Isaiah 55:8 (MSG)

A few years ago I asked my wife and children to to an exercise with me. All four of us to the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator test. We then spent a Saturday morning with my friend Matthew going over the results and talking about each of our personalities. It was a very revealing experience for me and, I hope, for the rest of the family.

One of the things that I discovered as part of this process was that some of my children's perceptions of me were a far cry from reality. Children view their parents with blinders. This is part of the natural mode of life, and you don't begin to see your parents in a different perspective until your own life experience broadens. Part of the takeway for me in the experience was coming to the realization that my children did not have a complete picture of who their father was, and is. I didn't think the way they think.

What a great lesson for me to turn and apply to my own relationship with Father God. As I continue in the journey and experience broadens my perspective, I'm afforded a greater perspective of who He was, and is, and is to come. Yet, I must humbly and continually acknowledge that God's thinking and workings are beyond anything I can possibly fathom.

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12-13"So you'll go out in joy,
you'll be led into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will lead the parade,
bursting with song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
exuberant with applause.

This verse contains the lyrics of the first solo I sang in competition. I was in jr. high and sang "the trees of the field" for competition. This morning as I read this, the lyrics and tune came flooding back to me. I remember how nervous I was until I started singing. That's how it has always been for me. My nerves are crazy, right up until I'm singing the first line. That must be my happy place. Makes me think I should sing more each day :)

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