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Perfect Country

Everything has to be done in a certain way and there is always only one way to do it that is right. Getting the job done isn’t important. Getting all the details perfect first and doing it right (even if it’s late) is of most importance. Yes, my oldest son resides in Perfect Country. I, on the other hand, reside equally in Fun and Control countries. This really messes with Michael’s favorite vacation spot – Peace Country. I wouldn’t know much about it as I rarely visit there.

So what happens when I need something done a particular way? I humbly admit that I will get it done. That’s what control country residents do, but it may not be as precise as the job requires. I don’t ask my daughter to do it. She lives in Fun and Control countries as well. The request is made to Michael. Here, perfect country, please cut this into many pieces all exactly the same size with no crumbs. And he gets the job done, precisely.

Learning where our kids function best, what countries they are from, has helped us tremendously in knowing how to connect with them and knowing how to draw out their strengths. It seems a far more regular occurrence for parents (and teachers) to expect all children to behave in a certain way and move around in our world in only that one way. What a blessing we miss when we fail to see who they really are. What a blessing we miss in being able to focus them on their strengths and applaud them for a job well done!

Take the time to study your children. If you need some help, visit the Flag Page website where you will find more about the four countries: Fun, Control, Perfect and Peace. You can find it at http://www.flagpagetest.com.

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Careful Where You Stand

Shoes aren’t bad. But for some reason, God asks folks to take their shoes off because they are on holy ground, in His presence. There’s some rich symbolism going on here to be further explored at a later time, but the point is: it’s not an everyday thing to stand in the presence of God.

My oldest has been reading from a book called Steps to Christ, and he has been sharing his thoughts with me. It seems he came to understand judging one another in a new light. When we look at others, the only standard we should ever compare them to is God. When we compare others to our own standards (think your personal preferences and how you interpret rules and regulations) then we are doing a dangerous thing. We are putting ourselves in the place of God. The Bible calls that blasphemy and it isn’t taken lightly. Michael went on and talked about the fact that when we compare others to God, but we tear them apart and try to point out all their faults, again, we are in trying to stand in the place of God.

Moses trembled and took off his shoes. Isaiah, Daniel and many others fell down unable to move when seeing a vision of God. And we try to stand in His place? We wouldn’t last a moment in His presence on our feet, chin up in the air. We would be instantly humbled at His majesty and glory. Yet we dare to judge others and try to stand in His place?

Thanks for sharing Michael. Thanks for the reminder that we must all be careful where we stand.

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