Engineering easy circumstances,

and avoiding the hard ones, is my passion when I’m ShepherdDave, wise in my own eyes, leaning on my own understanding, confident I know what’s best for me and those I love.   But easy never grows me more Jesus-dependent, more DumbSheepDave.  Only the hard.   So why do I obsess over engineering easy, and not embrace the hard?   World, flesh, devil.   The right-side-up kingdom of this world has convinced me that the values of the Upside-down Kingdom of Jesus are undesirable.   I don’t want hard, weakness, dependency, to be pitied above all men: I wanna feel good about myself.   I wannabe admired, envied, not pitied.  I want easy.

The sanity prayer.   “Whatever it takes, Lord, to grow me more Jesus-dependent, no matter how hard, that’s what I want more than anything else in this world.  Thank You that suffering produces perseverance, and then character, and then hope/faith/dependency.”

–ShepherdDave, needing prayer for fresh conviction of the sin of independence, so he’s lowly and beloved DumbSheepDave, so the pre-believers around him are wowed and want Jesus too (please pray now)

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