Fifth-Grade Curt

Fifth Grade Curt
I suspect my identity crisis may have started with the school carnival picture booth. I hate that I looked better in the dress.

I had an identity crisis when I was in 5th grade.

I was a good boy at home.  My parents adored me. I was a joy to my Sunday School teacher, Ms. Lilly Green.  I was a blessing to my grandmother, Freda.  I was a good friend to many.  I was a great older brother (but let’s not bother asking the rest of the family about that, okay?).

But in school, I was a holy terror. I was a pest to my homeroom teacher, Mr. Grimes.  I was obnoxious to my English teacher, Mrs. Cross.  I was untrustworthy to my math teacher, Mrs. Keister.  However, I was scared of my science teacher, Mr. Zeigler and so he had my full attention.

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Luke 1:41c

and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Babies Leap.

Women Filled.

Lives Changed.

Celebration Ensues.

Tears Shed.

Hearts Blessed.

Hungry Fed.

Possessed Released.

Broken Healed.

Savior Sacrificed.

Tomb Emptied.

Souls Saved.

Mary’s faithfulness starts a chain reaction that changes the world.

What is God calling you to do today?

Luke 1:31

“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.”

I don’t expect I’ll ever hear these words.  At least, I hope not.  But let’s think about what else God may show up and say, shall we?

“You will adopt a child from a third world country and save him from death by starvation.”

“You will visit the homeless in downtown Indy because I love them.”

“You will open your home to a confused teen who needs constant love and guidance.”

“You will stop spending on yourself and give all your extra income to the poor.”

“You will sell your home and live in a developing nation to work with disabled children.”

Okay…Given the options, I’ll take the baby and name him anything you want.  But seriously, these are in similar categories, right?  They all fall into the “your life is no longer how you planned it” category.  God just took control of your life.  Happy, peaceful retirement:  Gone.  World Travel and Exotic Places:  Well, if you count a visit to the Third-World to pick up your new family member exotic travel…

See what I mean?  For Mary, her plans of a happy engagement and marriage to Joseph just flew out the window.  This changes everything.

How would you respond if everything changed?  How would you react if God pulled the rug out from under your comfortable plans?

Me too.  Me too.