Barbara Higby

“Charles in Charge”

Classic Summer Rewrites

The new boy in the neighborhood
Lives downstairs and it’s understood
He’s there just to take good care of me
Like he’s one of the family
Charles in charge
Of our days and our nights
Charles in charge
Of our wrongs and our rights
And I see I want
I want Charles in charge of me

Rewrite: Praise God, Charles isn’t in charge!

He may be cute, conscientious, and caring; he may be a spouse, parent, or friend; he may be a pastor, employer, or leader—but he’s not in charge of me. Not a problem-solver alive can be aware, let alone take care, of my days and nights, my wrong and rights. But, oh, there is One who does just that.

He created me and knows every fiber of my being, every nuance of my personality, every thought in my mind. He watches me in the night and throughout the day, when I sleep and when I wake. He guides me on the right path and steers me away from wrong. He provides for my physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. He protects me, shares His heart with me, and delights in my company.

I happily submit, and invite the Lord of all to be in charge of me.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Psalm 139:1-6

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