Throughout this entire chapter, whether reading about Saul, Ananias, or Peter, we see the act of obedience at its’ finest. Obedience is a willingness, an action, a choice. As a mother I find myself regularly reminding my children that they should “listen and obey” – not the 2nd or 3rd time I instruct them, but rather the 1st time – every time! I’m their mommy and I know what’s best for them. How much more does our heavenly father, who knows ALL things, want us to “listen and obey” him. This all-knowing, all-powerful, limitless God gives us a choice. His ways are so much greater than ours, and yet often times we choose to do things our own way which almost always ends with a result much different than what we’d hoped for. We must listen diligently to God’s voice and do as he instructs even if it takes us from our comfort zone. God knows us intricately. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He knows why things are as they are and what is to come. At times obedience is easy and seems effortless. Other times it is difficult and requires great boldness. It is at these times that we must remember that God has a greater plan. We must acknowledge that our obedience isn’t always about us. As the examples in this chapter prove, many other people in our path are affected by our decision to obey. Wikipedia states that obedience differs greatly from conformity, which is a behavior intended to match that of the majority. As Christians we are to stand out and make a difference in the lives of the people around us. This task, that God has entrusted to us, takes courage, boldness, and most of all obedience. If we only obey He will instruct, strengthen, and guide us throughout our journey. Thank you Lord for the amazing men and women of yesterday that have paved the way for us. Help us to listen and obey your words and to not conform to our surroundings, but change them. Let us stand for you in a way that will bring you glory and make you proud!