Okay, I'm over it now.
After seeing Mary's Facebook post I joined the online rant about princess mentalities that seem to rampant among many of the younger set. Instead of brandishing our princess attire and attitudes, what if we tried to follow the prophet, Micah's, advice more often? ("The Lord has told you what is good. He has told you what he wants from you:
Do what is right to other people. Love being kind to others. And live humbly, trusting your God." Michah 6:8 ICB)
My journey with Joshua recently pushed me closer to that paradigm shift. In Joshua 3 we read about the priests holding up the Ark of the Covenant while the nation of Isreal passed over to the other side. ("And there they stood; those priests carrying the Chest of the Covenant stood firmly planted on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground. Finally the whole nation was across the Jordan, and not one wet foot." Joshua 3:17 MSG)
Thinking about the time and the muscle it must have taken to hold up the Ark while a "whole nation" passed by, I began to understand what it means to be precious and privileged in a new way. How precious in God's eyes is the specific work He's given each of us to do. And how privileged we are to be called to do it!
I'm extremely thankful for the diversity of our gifts! Somebody had to hold of the ark, and somebody had to lead the people across the Jordan. Maybe it's time that I start focusing more on how precious the work is He's given me to do."We all have different gifts. Each gift came because of the grace God gave us... As you serve the Lord, work hard and don’t be lazy. Be excited about serving him!" (Romans 12:6a, 11)
And while I'm wrapping my head around that, give God praise for the call He has on my life as well as the rest of His children. Come on, all you Prince and Princesses of the King, let's shout "Hallelujah!" for being precious in His eyes and the privilege He's given us to do His work! "For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn; he will never go back on his promises." (Romans 11:29 TLB)