Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Do Good. Show Love.

I read this the other day and found it very fitting.
There is SO much going on in our country right now.
So much.
So much that it's hard for even me to put into words what's going through this head of mine.

I, admittingly, have never been crazy into politics.
And I can honestly say that I wouldn't even want to talk politics because of my lack of knowledge in so many areas.

But what I do know is this.

We HAVE to do better!!!

That last sentence stuck out to me as if it was in BOLD letters and flashing!

Keep advocating in love.

Love - a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.

Just this past week, my youngest daughter and I sat through and read and talked about the "love" chapter in the Bible; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 

But the greatest of these is love.

You know, this verse is spoken a lot.  But I think we need to remember to include the verse immediately following that says - "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers."

Here's the deal my friends, we're not always going to agree on "stuff."
Even Christians are going to disagree.
And you know what?!?
It's OK!

What's not ok is to make others feel less than because they do not share your same thoughts, opinions, or even values.

Let us not grow weary in doing *GOOD*

Here's what I want to try and convey -
In the middle of a lot of chaos and uncertainty in our country, we need people to stand up and stand together and continue to show love *regardless* of how you may be feeling.

Instead of lashing out on someone for their opinion, could you sit down and have a conversation and hear them out - ask why it is they believe what they do?!  Without the intention of trying to change their mind but rather simply try and understand where they are coming from...
Could we meet together and see what changes we can start helping to make locally, in our own towns and cities?  Because if every city was doing that - imagine what change could start to take place!
Could we join together and pray for our elected officials?
There are a lot of issues we are facing in regards to immigration and borders and abortion and racial discrimination and women's rights and education and gun control and the list continues on...
Just like the very first post - the world has been hurting for a LONG time.  
It's not going to be fixed over night.  
But I do think we need to do our part.

I know some of you who read my blog know me personally where others may not.
And, if you didn't already know, yes - I am a Christian.  However, my intent isn't to push my beliefs on you, but rather just simply be me.  So sometimes, yes, I'll talk about my church, or God and even share scripture.

What it all comes down to is this - I truly believe that we are called to love God and love people.

Plain and simple.

I believe God made us each unique with our bodies and mind.
We are ALL different.
But that's what makes our world so very beautiful!

We are better together my friends!
Instead of us being so quick to tell everyone how we feel, let's take time to simply listen.
Sometimes a response isn't always needed; sometimes people just want to be heard.

These three remain: faith, hope and love.

I have FAITH that regardless of what's going on in our country, God is ultimately in control.
I have HOPE that we can come together and help make needed change.
And I'm sure going to LOVE people in the meantime.

Because the greatest is always going to be LOVE!


1 comment:

  1. This is much needed wisdom for all of us! All your points, suggestions, and advice are what we as a nation, and as individuals, need to hear. In fact, I am going to post some of what you have written as a post on my Facebook page!