To follow rules or not to follow rules

Why are people so hung up on rules? I have a theory that if we followed every rule we were ever given, that it would not cause Christ to smile at us and let us in to Heaven based on that alone. So what is the real catch then? What is their true purpose? I’m convinced that people worry so much about following the letter of the law they handicap themselves. Thoughts?

Do you think maybe it would be wise to follow the intention of the rule rather than the rule itself?

 

Oh oh…and it’s my birthday. So give me some good discussion…you know as a birthday present 🙂

Little brother thoughts

‪My adopted brother asked me if I ever get scared of being broken again. He came to us as a foster and my mom adopted him and some of his siblings a few years ago. ‬He’s been broken. My throat kind of constricted. And I said, “Like I was last year? I’ve been broken a few times. Last year was another. But I know by now that being broken isn’t the end. It’s the BEGINNING. But if my life has shown you anything, it’s that we all get broken no matter how hard we try to make everything perfect and make the right decisions. That’s inevitable. There’s no way to avoid it. Every one, even me, will let you down at some point. But being stronger inside and willing to let yourself lie down for a few before you pick yourselves back up is what counts.” He asked…is it worth it? A year and a half into losing my joy and I had a hard time answering right away. But I finally said “Twenty years ahead of you …yes. It’s worth it. There’s people you can go see and talk to that spent years learning how to show you how to be less broken. It always gets better. It always turns around. The real trick is finding the people and resources who can help you find a new normal. I’m your circle. We are your family. I promise we will get you through anything.”