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Cementus Cranium

Cementus Cranium

I suffer from a disorder, and I do not really know what to do about it. I have lived with it my whole life…I think it is genetic, but that does not really matter. I am embarrassed to admit that I suffer from…I believe the clinical term is…Cementus Cranium…hardheadedness. There I said it! Maybe I do not suffer alone.

It has a tendency to cause other people around me to suffer; like my wife. If you are in that group, I am sorry for your pain, but I am probably not going to change any time soon. I’m not so sure I need to change.

We see so many people in the Bible who responded when they realized they needed to dedicate themselves to God’s purposes, and they refused to waver. I believe God wants us to commit and stand against any evil with resolve and determination. But Cementus Cranium can often get us off track because it tends to not allow for other input or advice, which can be problematic.

Sometimes we get so locked in on an issue that we refuse to see other sides. The problem begins when we decide we are the source of authority. We begin to believe I am the one making things happen…that I am the one with the great ideas and the ability to get it all accomplished. It is wonderful to be independent and a hard worker, but we are connected by God, who made us to work together for His purposes. Hardheadedness can get in the way.

When we run into a wall or face off against an immovable foe, we ignore who put the wall there or the reason it is there, and we insist on breaking it down. We grit our teeth and say, “By God, I will not be stopped or moved from this spot.” That’s the problem…we do not mean that. What?!, you say. “You better believe I mean it. Just come over here and try to stop me!” Settle down, grouchy ladybug. I am not questioning your resolve, but I am wondering who is directing you. Sometimes we may say, By God, but we mean, By Joe–ourselves–or someone else that we admire or want to be like. What we are doing might have less to do with God and more to do with us.

Who is your By who? In Proverbs, King Solomon tells us who our By who should be: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (3:5-6). If we can follow this directive, we do not have to rely on our abilities to live life.

Following Solomon’s advice is not always easy, but it is worth it. We do this through prayer and making the choices God wants us to make. If our intention is to trust God’s plan and His understanding of the situation and in all things give God the credit, we will have a clear road to walk. The path will be straight, and we will not have to break down any walls with our hard heads.

Blessings to you,

Joe

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