Many thoughts this morning.
One was, 'giving people assignments'...
Jesus did it here:
"And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?' But when he heard it, he said, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.' " - Matthew 9:11-13 ESV
Only a disciple has a desire to, 'Go learn.'
Learning about mercy is what separates the men from the boys.
The Pharisees sought to delegitimize Jesus as a teacher but Jesus gave them the essence of what a teacher Is.
Oh God... teach me mercy... it seems I need to relearn it again and again. Each time it becomes fresh I turn away from critiquing and focus on healing. Healing Is Your focus.
I want to be very careful who I give assignments to. It can really turn people off. At the same time I want to very available to God's assignments... finding mercy is always going to be one of His top priorities.