Yesterday driving home I passed by a yard where a girl who looked to be about 6 was wrestling in the yard with a playful dog who looked to weigh about 80 pounds. It was one of the best things that graced my eyes on an overcast day.

Philip Melancthon once said to his friend Martin Luther, “Today, Martin, you and I will discuss God’s governance of the universe,” to which Luther replied, “No, Philip. Today you and I are going fishing, and we’ll leave the governance of the universe to God.”

I am glad God leaves to us the business of such things as playing with dogs, fishing, skipping rocks, flying kites, watching sunrises, watching sports, swimming in the ocean, drinking beer, making love to our spouses, and making people laugh.

God is good and so is life.

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6 thoughts on “Mind Your Own Business”

  1. Bill Todd says:

    Well said.

  2. Debbie Blair says:

    "God is good and so is life."Amen!

  3. Ken Stoll says:

    it's a whole lot easier to rest and also to enjoy what you mention (with the exception of the spouse part!… that is since I don't have one not because I woulldn't–haha) when I cease from trying to run the universe, like I could (and even tougher its been to learn to stop trying to run other people's lives). Good reminder with your title (Paul's writings are laced with reminders). There was a day I thought it was "unproductive" to do those things but that isn't gospel thinking (had to toss the gospel reference in there)…

  4. Spike says:

    Jared- Something on your page locks up my browser for a couple minutes everytime I open it. This has been for the last week or so. Grinds my blogging to a halt. Just thought you'd want to know. You can delete this comment. Thanks.

  5. Jared says:

    Spike, I'm techno-clueless. Any idea what it may be?I don't have any flash or anything going on the site. A button or picture or something?Sometimes I know the Twitter feed thing holds things up b/c it's getting the info from Twitter. Does the sidebar "hold" right above where my Twitter feed loads for a bit?

  6. Chitchat says:

    …and that is why Lutheranism was not safe in Melancthon's hands…only kidding (about that being the reason – it certainly wasn't safe)

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