Hot Topic: Donald Trump & the 2016 Election

Politics is a hot spot for many people. Everyone seems to get really lit up about who to vote for, what the candidates say or don’t say, the future of our country, moral underpinnings & HEAPS more. For his part, Donald Trump, has certainly escalated the emotional tone & conflict potential for our upcoming national election. 
My concern for those of us who follow Jesus has many facets:

  • I’m concerned that we will watch & listen to the candidates more than we pray for the election
  • I’m concerned that we allow politics to divide us more than we allow Jesus’ love to unite us
  • I’m concerned that we are deceived to think that human politics can resolve the broken & fallen nature of the human heart

Whether you like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Bernie or whoever, let’s make the commitment to pray for our country & its leadership more than we worry or complain 🙂

Need some joy???

I had 2 interesting conversations recently with the same person. In one of the discussions, this person was very small, ignoble, petty & rather distasteful. Shortly thereafter, I had another conversation w the same person & they were strong, confident, secure, generous, noble & enjoyable. In the 1st discussion, the person was complaining about something that was inconvenient & rather trivial. In the 2nd conversation, the same person was in a volunteer role that was a completely generous contribution to improve the lives of several important people.
What’s interesting to me is how this person presented himself & even how he felt about himself. It seems to me that when we are selfish & gripey we tend to dislike ourselves more. On the other side, it seems to make us feel really good about ourselves when we are being generous, helping & empowering others. A simple key to a joyful life can be found by helping others 🙂

first reactions

I’ve been noticing some things w my kids that are somewhat eye opening.  When I ask them to do something, like the pick up the things they were playing with or clean their rooms, etc, they can sometimes tend to have 1 of 2 reactions:  complain or argue.  Both of these reactions are becoming very annoying & probably reflect some bad parenting shortcomings on my part.  With that being said, the whole complain or argue strategy has started me thinking about how I react to God’s directives in my life.

 There are times that I know that God is asking me to do something & I have some “creative answers” that include:  I don’t have time, I don’t want to do that, why do I have to do this? that’s a really big sacrifice, I’m not smart enough to do that, I’m too busy doing the other things You told me to do, . . . . .

Some of the ways that my kids respond to me have really started me thinking about how I respond to my heavenly Father.  I always want my kids to respond with respect, honor, hard work, no complaining or arguing, etc.  I think my heavenly Father would like me to treat His requests in the same way – what great opportunities to grow!  🙂

answer to gotcha!

So here’s the sequel to yesterday with the Greek mid-term.  With God’s help, I stopped complaining & griping, studied hard (I found myself to be more productive w my studying when I stopped complaining) and thanks be to God, I got an 88% on my Greek mid-term.  For some of you, that may be disappointing – thinking I should have gotten at least an A.  But please realize that this B+ was extremely miraculous (the best grade I’d earned in the class all semester). 

So here’s my conclusion, complaining & griping don’t usually bring the results we want. I find that when I gripe, argue with & complain to God (or anyone else):

  • my attitude goes down the toilet,
  • I have a hard time getting myself into being constructive & productive 
  • I become an unhappy person
  • I bring others down around me. 

I don’t want or need these results in my life & I’d venture to say that you don’t either.  😉

Check back later for some cool stuff on the Lord’s Prayer & the existence of evil!