A Fitting Word
I thought this was well said, so I’m sharing it with you in case you haven’t already seen it.
From David Shirley:
My heart breaks at how divided our country is at this time. It seems that the lines have been drawn and everyone falls on one side or the other. We all have our personal convictions and opinions. I have mine and you have yours. That’s ok. I want each of you to know that I love each of you and I treasure your friendship. I also think that the only way we can navigate the day in which we live is through the guidance, widsdom, presence and empowerment of God. Without that we’re all on a journey that won’t end well for any of us.
Yes, things are changing. It looks like some challenging days are ahead, especially for the church and for those who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. But didn’t Jesus tell us those kind of days would come? Didn’t he tell us that the world hated Him and it’s going to hate us ,too? No one promised you and I a problem-free journey to Heaven. It’s going to get harder and yes the persecution against the faith community is probably coming.
So what does that mean for those of us who claim the name of Christ? It means that I claim every promise that God gave to me as His child. It means that God is about to do something amazing and we get to be a part of it! It means that through Him I’m going to be ok. It means that when it’s all over and done we’re on the winning side. It means that as His child I don’t have to live in fear. It means that me, my family and my grandchildren were all born for such a time as this! It means that even in the midst of anger, division and rudeness I, as His child, still have the responsibility to let my light shine and treat others the way God expects me to. It means as His child I’m under His wing and never alone. It doesn’t matter who is in the White House or in control of Congress - my God rules and reigns over all and it is He who places men in authority.
Yes, these are challenging days - but aren’t they all? In John 16:33 Jesus said “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
In the days ahead, regardless of what they hold, I’ll take refuge in the ONE who promised shelter; I’ll live each day in His promises; I’ll continue to stand on my convictions and beliefs and I’ll refuse to compromise; I’ll endeavor to treat others with respect and dignity; I’ll rest in His peace and His grace because He said it was sufficient;
I refuse to live my life in fear, especially of man. I’ll do my best to live my life in such a way that regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in here, God is able to accomplish in me His plan to ultimately fulfill my purpose.