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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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Day 88/89: The Challenge of not taking Umbrage when one's Legitimate Authority is Ignored
published 9 April 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

What you will read now is part of a series of 100 spiritual challenges. Each blog can be viewed separately, but for maximum benefit a reader needs to start with the introductory blog of November 18, 2011, and then continue step by step. Day One begins on Sunday, November 20, 2011.    
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“I am the Lord, the God all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 37:27

Dr. Ronda’s examples: I saw that I take umbrage because I think if I don’t make things happen they won’t. This is ignoring the scripture as if it would be too hard for God to make something happen in another way if my plan is ignored. A student wrote a paper that didn’t fit my assignment. It looked like she had taken a paper for another course and just inserted some of my text. I felt as if my authority was being ignored. I wanted to push my weight around on this matter. After expressing my concerns to the student, I prayed, and the Holy Spirit seemed to nudge me to just ask her to re-write the paper the correct way instead of making a big issue about it. She did what I asked and it came out fine. I prayed and prayed before dealing with another sticky situation where I have some authority and I was able to approach the other people in authority with little stress in my voice or manner but a certain firmness. I realized that I needed to accept that maybe God wanted me to do the project in another way. It felt less bossy. This matter did come out well and I felt happy using some authority but not in a domineering manner.

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My prayer: Holy Spirit, let me learn from these experiences how to be less bossy in order to walk in the Way of Love: Step by Step. May I never take umbrage at others not accepting my authority but, instead, believe indeed that even if a project fails, You, Holy Spirit, can bring out the same goals in another way.

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