Dad Likes Me Best

“Mom always liked you best!”

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That was Tommy Smothers’ surefire comeback after a litany of insults from his brother, Dick.

His on camera persona was not the brightest bulb in the pack, but he was certainly the more humble of the two brothers. We could learn a thing or two from the older Smothers brother.

As early as the first century, disciples of Jesus argued over who among them was the greatest. (Luke 9:46, 22:24) Since then, we have continued to raise ourselves up because our sins are less than some else’s, or we serve God in a holier way, or our denomination is more righteous than another.

We have an entitled expectation that we deserve to be saved, deserve to judge the next guy, deserve heaven and all it promises. We’ve taken a bite of the apple and are too damn arrogant to admit it.

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“You won’t die,” the serpent replied. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

Just like Adam and Eve, we want to be like God, we want to call down judgment on good and evil. We want to made decisions that are only God’s to make.

We forget the serpent is a liar. We will never be like God. We can never have God’s wisdom. We were never meant to judge.

Once we think we know it all, our minds and hearts become closed to learning. What good, then, is God’s Living Word to us? It can no longer transform our hearts and minds through God’s continuing grace and wisdom.

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“Unconditional” is great when it is in my direction. And wondering why we so often use the bible to reflect it back “tainted, filtered, and changed.” Paufg, Just Me Being Curious

As long as we recognize we are incomplete until God completes us, we remain humble and able to receive. Because God loves all of us equally. He decides “on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (Romans 9:15-16)

Why then love our neighbor? Why then love our enemy? Why then exhibit godly behavior?

To be in relationship with Him. To offer the love, compassion, grace and mercy that He first offers us. And simply, to be the face, the words, the hand and feet of Jesus to those we come in contact with in our everyday lives.

This post was inspired by a conversation with my dirt brother Paul. Please visit his blog, Just Me Being Curious. You will be enlightened, uplifted and simply blown away in your walk as you join his conversations with God.

18 comments

  1. Oh … don’t know if you’ve been in FB to see my birthday wishes… Soooo…
    Happy blessed birthday!! May it be filled to the brim with joy!!

    (We share a birthday. That’s awesome to me!)

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    1. No way! Thanks, Heather! Blessings to you, too, my dirt sister! (see below)

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  2. I missed something??? Dirt family? Whatever it is, if you are in it them I’m pretty sure it’s to glorify God so I’m a ALL IN! 😉

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    1. We’re all created from Adam, who was created from dirt (a conversation that originated with my brother Paul).

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      1. Love that!!! I Love that God created so much uniqueness in each of us from the same simple thing that He created to begin with. It’s so awesome!

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  3. The older I get the more I want to be cleansed from judgement . . .

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    1. Oh, me too, Paula.

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  4. Susan – thank you! You took this to a whole new level and offered it with such clarity and grace! Wow!!

    (And please Lord, let your dirt family continue to grow!! 🙂 )

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    1. Your thought process and our conversations always inspire me, Paul. So glad you approve! You help enrich my walk and relationship with Him in so many ways.

      Thanks for the prayer, db. 😉

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  5. “We have an entitled expectation that we deserve to be saved, deserve to judge the next guy, deserve heaven and all it promises. We’ve taken a bite of the apple and are too damn arrogant to admit it.” Amen, Susan. We remain in ignorance, not understanding that we ONLY get what we don’t deserve from God–no exceptions…ever. But we want to keep eating from the wrong tree and act like we’re God. That IS the epitome of arrogance.

    Thanks, too, for the Smother’s brothers clip. What a hoot! Blessings to you, sister. Our heavenly Papa DOES love YOU best…and me too! 🙂

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    1. Lol! Thank you, Mel. We do tend to swim in our own polluted ponds, don’t we? I’m so thankful for His grace and mercy. He has been continually watchful of me, even before I knew it. It is with great humility that I praise Him for His saving grace.

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  6. Great post; brings back memories I’d like to think I’m not old enough to have!

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    1. Lol! Yeah, join the club, Don. 😀

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  7. I have never heard the term “dirt brother” but I will visit that blog! This is all so true. It is hard to put our own will and ego aside and be humble, as Jesus was. If we only follow His example and meditate on His Words, we will eventually put pride and ownership and “me me me” aside. It is a lifelong project for me. Thank you for your gentle admonishment to remember, and encouragement.

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    1. Thanks, Beth.

      The term, “dirt brother,” also comes from a conversation with Paul. God created Adam from dirt; we all come from Adam, hence, dirt brothers and sisters. 🙂

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  8. Dave Burns · ·

    Always such inspired words, Susan! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Dave, for continuing to read and for the reblog.

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