That Information Is Above Your Pay Grade

I was watching a TV show the other night when that phrase kept coming up again and again.   It was referring to classified government information and talking about how certain people at certain “pay grades” aren’t “high enough” to be able to have access to that information.

And then this morning, I was reading Job 21 as part of my personal devotions and I came across this passage:

“But who are we to tell God how to run his affairs?  He’s dealing with matters that are way over our heads.”

Essentially, Job is saying the same thing.   There are many things that we need to take on faith because we don’t know the answers.  

Because the answers are way above our pay grade.  

So, what do we do?   How do we live with many things, the many evils, the many tragedies in this world without knowing why?

We trust our eternal commander in chief, acknowledge that He is dealing with matters that are way over our heads and that He’s got it handled.

The information is way above our pay grade – so we trust and we do what we can to fight against those evils, those tragedies, those injustices in the world knowing that some day, in many cases when we get to heaven, the information will be de-classified and we’ll know and see God’s plan in all of it.

Right now it’s above our pay grade but that’s okay…….


Why I Write

Jeff Goins is a writer who has been very helpful to me (though he doesn’t know it.   He has written a couple of books that I’ve found to be very helpful.

He recently wrote a post on his blog called, “Why I Write.”   In it he urges people to share why they write.    So, I am.

I write for three reasons:

  1. I write because it helps motivate people to make a difference for the kids in Haiti.   If you want to read more about that, go to to see more of that.
  2. I write because I believe that we’re all better off if we share life together.   There are too many people who are struggling quietly and feel like they are all alone.   By writing, I can help people not feel so alone.
  3. I write because it helps me figure out what I think.   As Flannery O’Conner said, “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”

That’s just part of why I write.   I also write because life is never boring and there’s no shortage of material to write about.

Stay tuned and thanks for visiting…..