You can(‘t) tell me what to do

Ever heard a child say “you can’t tell me what to do”? It’s inherent to our human nature. It’s fundamental to the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Our disobedience is rooted in a desire to do what we want, when we want.

We also see it as Christians in our daily interactions with God the Father. Here’s the deal. It’s pretty easy to feel good about God when we are focused on his mercy and grace. It’s a different story when He asks us to do something. This may be inviting an acquaintance with you to church. It might be giving your time to someone in need when it’s inconvenient. It may be tithing the first 10 percent of your income. Whatever the case, what will your answer be? “Yes, Lord,” or “you can’t tell me what to do.”

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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