One of the hardest concepts to wrap my head around comes from Romans 13: Submission to authorities. Ughhh baarff. I had talked about this to Roy about two months ago. We had a good conversation and Roy told me that what the passage says is what it means to say, no way around it and I wasn’t taking it in wrong. Paul explains that any authority is God-given and we must obey it. It’s impossible to comprehend when the person in authority doesn’t do things that you agree with. It’s a lot easier said than done. Why am I saying this?
I will be frank, this week Extreme sent home a 40/40 in another cohort based on various things and I do not agree with that decision that was made. I wanted to revolt, I wanted to pull an “A Bug’s Life” move like on the grasshoppers, I wanted to stand up for myself and what I believed to be right. It made me mad, and it kept on bringing me back to Romans 13. So I ripped that chapter out and now it doesn’t count. Joke. Submit, submit, submit. I didn’t want to, I didn’t agree with that decision but the best thing that I could do was to do what was plainly in front of me. One of the ways I study the Bible is going through a bunch of steps that I have made every time I read. You know what the last step says? LIVE IT. And I then noted that to be the most important step. Nooooo, I trapped myself. While I still don’t agree with the decision nor the way they handled it, I take into account many things including that I don’t know the whole story. And it gives me a peace to arrive at this decision. Though throwing fists might give me peace equally as much.
This week also, we say goodbye to Cohort 3. Or say a half-goodbye. They finish school this week and head off to be full time. Congratulations to them! A part of them go to Cuzco and the other part gets to stay here with me (hence “half-goodbye.”) So we’re going to have more room around here, more room for all of our tons of stuff. I am seriously excited to see what they do while we’re still in school. They will be working full time and I am excited to see what they sow.
With the departure of Cuzco, we are moving to the other apartment. Pics will be posted once we move in. To be honest, I am so-so about the move. I’d just rather stay here and tough it out for 2 more months before leaving for Puno. But it doesn’t matter because we’ll be moving and it’ll be just fine, probably better.
One final note, I am climbing this lady:
Volcan Misti. The wife of Chachani. Around Thanksgiving I will be summiting, and not submiting to this volcano (inactive.) That’s a blog post I’m super excited about writing. I’ve been running to get my lungs in shape to make this easier. Just a thought to look forward to.