Taking Charge

Sometimes I’m a take-charge kind of person.

If I see something that needs to be done and nobody is doing it, I don’t mind stepping up to the plate and gettin’ ‘er done.  However, if there is someone in my midst who has more take-charge-ness than me, I am more than happy to step down and let somebody else get ‘er done.

Taking charge can be a good thing when there needs to be some leadership to accomplish a task.  Taking charge can be a bad thing when it’s motivated by control and comes off as bossiness.

So, I had to smile when I read this scripture:

“Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.  When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.'”   Mark 3:20-21

Families are funny that way.  We tend to think we have a right to interfere.  As a mother, I’ve done my fair share of meddling.  And I’m not proud of it.  Jesus’ family seemed to think it was time to put an end to the craziness and take Him back to the carpenter’s shop where He belonged.  But Jesus didn’t let His mother and brothers derail His mission.  Trying to control adult children doesn’t work any better now than it did 2,000 years ago.

Besides, who can take charge of Jesus?

I need Him to take charge of me.


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