Posted by: everynation | November 2, 2008

Rocket Science

by Greg Mitchell


Yesterday, my wife and I went to a parenting seminar at our kid’s school. The presenter began with the encouragement, “Parenting isn’t rocket science… it is much harder.” She went on to describe the myriad of “factors” that affect our children’s development.

Later that night we were counseling a married couple, and they began our time together by asking, “We are doing really well now, is that okay?” We had been meeting for a few times and they were surprised that marriage counseling wasn’t more complicated.

Parenting and marriage are fairly similar topics, so why does the presenter describe things as harder than rocket science, while the couple sees things as quite simple? It is my experience that whenever someone describes their life issues as complicated it is usually because they haven’t started at the right place. Proverbs 1:7 describes the “fear of the Lord” as the beginning of wisdom or knowledge. Without a fear of God, life becomes very complicated, very quickly.

To fear God means to view life in terms of His supreme greatness and goodness. Whenever a life issue is examined outside of an all-powerful and all-loving God, it is nearly impossible to manage. Conversely, whenever such a God is acknowledged and respected, what is left for us to do is relatively straightforward.

God has been walking me through my life these days, and showing me how every difficult area can be traced back to a lack of reverence for God’s love and authority. When I deal with those issues by starting with who God is in those places, what is left for me to do is not only clear, it is actually enjoyable, for there is no greater joy in life than to surpass rocket science.

Greg Mitchell is the senior pastor of Every Nation Vancouver and is the author of Pastor Greg’s Blog.

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