“If you want to start a rebellion, teach people about their rights. If you want to start a revival, tell people about their responsibilities.”
Cheryl: January has been the longest month.
Ash: It does seem like it’s been 2006 for an awfully long time.
Just because I stumbled across your picture does NOT mean that you are invited back into my thoughts. It’s not like I was looking for it. I mean, yeah, so I guess I revisited some old memories. But I decide when and how they come back. Just jumping inside my head is really presumptuous of you. At least do this for me. If you are going to insist on renting space in my brain, let it be the selfish, arrogant, prideful you-not the funny, interesting, charming you. It’s not like you really were what you promoted yourself to be, so the image of your memory is an illusion at best. I guess it serves me right for thinking I could walk with you down memory lane. Do me a favor and get out of my head and back where you belong-in a shoe box under the bed.
Ever notice how we want the people we love to make the best choices in life? There is definately something to be said for wanting the best for people, but I really think there are some deeply rooted beliefs that if she/he makes wise decisions, then her/his lives will be ok. We want our sisters to marry the right guys, our friends to take the right jobs and our government to fight the right wars. Somehow I think we get fettered into the thinking that 1+1=2. I believe that if the people I love make the choices exalted by conventional wisdom, then they will hurt less, and by extension, I will hurt less. I can not separate my selfish heart from the most basic desires for my people to choose right.
And here’s the thing. God is sovereign over our choices, good and bad. If my sister marries the wrong guy, God still fulfills her needs. If my friend takes a job just to make money, God still makes him dependant. If the whole world shoots itself dead, Jesus is still on the throne. In the mean time, we spend an awful lot of time trying to convince our people that only certain ideal choices will lead to the ideal life. But what if that bad choice she/he is about the make is what will put she/he in exactly the place God wants she/he?
You would think this line of thinking would free me to know that no matter what, God loves she/he and will bring about Christ-like character in she/he’s life. But I am still here tapping my foot with a restless heart.
BTW-I like my sister’s boyfriend. It was just an example.
I don’t know how to help him. But he is about to make a really bad decision. You’ve got to stop him!
First off, I don’t HAVE to do anything. I am handling everything. I care more about him and his life than you do. I know him better, and I know what needs to be done.
But he is just going to get hurt. This can’t be what You want for him!
Sweetie, this is none of your business. Stop trying to rescue him. Why do you think you know what’s best for him? Why would you even begin to think you know better than I do. Love him. pray for him. And butt out. It is by My hand that these things are happening in his life. And I will bring about its completion. I know what needs to happen to get him where I want him to be.
It just hurts to see him so lost and angry.
Yup. But it wasn’t too long ago that you were lost and angry. I took care of that. Do you trust Me to know what’s better for him, even if your eyes don’t see it? You don’t see what I see. I just want you to get out of the way. This is the best thing you can do. Hey, but thanks for your concern. I promise he won’t bleed one drop or cry one tear more than is absolutely necessary.
Help me to trust you.
That, I will do for you.
My favorite jeans are too big.
Being in the work that I am in, I am daily aware of the political battles facing our nation that impact the Christian faith. Should the “Big Ten” be displayed in public? Should “Under God” be taken off of our money and out of our pledge? Should we pray before sporting events in public arenas? It is not hard to make the case that our culture is attacking our freedom to express our faith in the One Most High.
And Christians fight hard for these freedoms. Don’t get me wrong. I respect the fact that there are people who want to preserve the Christian heritage our this nation. But we must first realize that we are citizens of heaven, and not of this world. This is not a blog about the “fringe” people who make Christians look looney. I don’t think Christians should abandon the political arena. It is full of people who are deserpate to see the Light of Jesus in their lives. Politcs is a mission field in and of itself.
I am reading Daniel. And can I say that I want to marry Daniel. Today, I was taken back to the old sunday school flannel graph as I revisited Daniel’s encounter in the lion’s den. What put him there? Political leaders, who were jealous of his influence and hated his integrity, looked to destroy him. They knew that the only way to get him to fall was to outlaw his faith. And that they did.
Put this scene into modern day America. Rallies would be held, aritcles would be written, and talking heads would explode on Fox news. But Daniel didn’t fight the law. He just continued to be faithful to his God. He trusted that Jehovah would be faithful to him. And what resulted was God being seen in His glory as He protected His servant. What if Daniel had held protests and passed around petitions to be sent to King Darius? If Daniel had been more interested in creating a catchy camel sticker than just faithfully worshipping, this small piece of eternity’s story would have been lost.
There is plenty of evidence in the Word that there is a time to fight. The Lord is a Warrior. He is mighty in battle. His glory is seen in the fight, when it is Him doing the fighting. But I am not upset that this nation is slowly erroding our freedoms to worship. It mearly gives new opportunities to see His faithfulness, His power and His glory as we serve as His subjects.