There is a business clich? that has rightly faded with time. It goes along the line of “help me help you”. The original intent is that life is mutual. In order for a manager to manage, the employee and or team carries certain obligations. If the team fails to execute their responsibilities they inherently fail to deliver on the obligations and as a result the job of manager becomes difficult to impossible. Parents, myself included, carried this theme into their relationships. The clich? naturally expanded beyond simple responsibilities (as complicated and difficult as those can be) to include creative ideas on how the manager or parent could do their job more effectively.
I have stopped using this phrase with Carli and Whitney. The simple reason is this (as Whitney reminded me bluntly at the time), asking a kid to tell you as a parent how to parent is nuts! What do they really know? It is a good point! It is fair to openly discuss what is working and not. It is wonderful to listen to ideas of how one can improve their relationships, no matter what the source. Yet it is unfair to expect the child to have all the ideas.
I find that I tell God how to be God. It is extremely arrogant on my part, but that does not stop me. I seem to think that I know how God can be even better, stronger, and more effective than Divinity already is. If God is interested in helping me, here is “how” or so my logic goes. There is an alternative.
God continues to instruct, guide, and nurture every one of Divinity's kids. This includes you, me and even those we think do not deserve God's attention. One way to help God help us is to simply listen and response. God's words can be very clear; “What I'm interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families.” (Isaiah 58.7)
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