Defying Reality by Stealing God’s Job


Just like most people, I do not simply break a rule here and there;  no, like every other human being, I continually break the most fundamental law of the universe without any conscious effort by refusing to accept reality. Instead of realizing my place in the universe, as one of God’s creations, I put on masks and false personalities in a vain attempt to deny my very nature. In pride, I act like a queen at the centre my own little world. Even worse, I steal God’s job by trying to save myself by my own efforts.

Looking at how I functioned in my daily life, I might as well have been an atheist.

We are not who we were created to be or we would all be saints.

We break all laws of nature out of pride. Steeped in delusion, we all cling to false personas and refuse to relax and accept the reality that man is not the centre of the universe.

The result?

We are not simply burned.

Oh no, just like me, most people live out an utterly miserable, guilt-filled prison sentence, suffering like pitiful victims.

Yup, living like the world revolved around me was not fun nor was carrying the burdens of the world on my emotional shoulders.

This illegal activity is best illustrated by watching toddlers, those young tyrants of every family. There are countless examples of my two-year-olds refusing any help, only to get into all sorts of trouble. I can laugh indulgently at my kid’s amusing escapades but guess what? God also laughs lovingly at me, waiting for me to exhaust my arrogance and embrace reality.

I am part of the Community of Saints, surrounding God who is at the centre of the universe.

Everything does not depend on me when I let go of arrogance and give God His job back.

Interestingly enough, I am happy and content once I turn and twirl, finding my rightful place in the universe in a valley of love and delight called simplicity.

Then bowing before God and others is not an act of shame but of sheer freedom and joy, a joy found as a mere child of God, no more and no less.

Copyright 2017 Melanie Jean Juneau


About Author

Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.


  1. I love this article and know exactly what she means. I stopped stealing God’s job years ago
    and do have the wonderful feeling of “Let go, let God” which frees me to do the best I can
    in my and my family’s life and know that I have put myself in God’s hands who will guide me
    and help me always. Her example of watching her 2 year olds wanting to do everything
    herself and comparing it to her own reality is perfect. Thank you.

  2. You know, I’m really glad I’m not the only one that struggles with this. Right now I’m having one of those horrid Eeyore days – the weather is as gloomy as I am. I can either sit here in the silence and cry or I can say, “that’s enough self centered pity.” Thanks for the reminder that I am not the center of my universe. A body of water turns dark and stagnant contained in itself…maybe that is why God calls himself a fountain. Lord, be a fountain in my heart today.

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