Monday, November 14, 2016
Sometimes I forget why I chose to do what I do. I made a huge change in my life recently, trying to transition into writing full-time. In order to do that, I have had to learn a great deal. I have spent so much time researching, reading, searching, writing, reviewing, posting, etc. that I sometimes have to stop and remind myself that it is for God that I write. I mean, it is for him that I am even able to write! I started this goal with him in mind -- build an audience, create a platform, share God's word. When I start to feel a little off, I begin to find that I have lost my focus; I have started to look too much into how to succeed as a writer, rather than looking at God and succeeding as his disciple.
I am sure I am not the only one who finds herself in this situation. I know many of you believe in God (if you don't, we need to talk) and have God in the forefront of your mind. Do you ever forget to focus on the real reason you are here? Do you get caught up in the business of human existence rather than preparation for your eternal existence?
Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. - Proverbs 4:25-26 (NKJV)
The most simple answer to combat this would be to never lose focus -- never lose sight of God. But he created us as humans and, well, we are quite a bit faulty. We are going to lose focus and we are going to mess up (thankfully, he is so forgiving!) So the 2nd best thing to do would be to make sure you remain in touch with yourself and you will know when you are not feeling right. When things just seem to be out of whack, your attention is hard to find, or you feel a bit off balance -- that is when you know you need to reconnect and find God. Ignoring these feelings will only push you further and further away from him.
Today is one of those days for me. I am taking some time to think, to talk to God, and to get back on my track. I know that he is still there, he is just waiting for me to push my door back open. I need him to continue my climb in life.
He is waiting for you, too. Seek him first.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
As of the time I am writing this blog, it is election day and the polls are still open. I have an idea of the outcome, but I cannot predict a winner. I cannot even really say with confidence that we will know who that winner is tonight... I have a feeling that is not going to be so easy this time around. I did, however, cast my vote early and I do have my eye on a particular candidate.
In all honesty, I have gotten more involved with my emotions personally than I ever have in an election. Perhaps it is because its outcome could intimately affect me and my family in ways that it may not affect yours. Or perhaps it is because I get frustrated at those around me casting votes based on the sex or race of a candidate or because they are followers rather than free-thinkers.
Voting is not to be taken lightly. The outcome can have real affects on real people.
I wanted to tell people (and I think I actually did tell a few) "if you don't know who you are voting for or you don't care, then think of me. Think of Tina. Think of my family. Protect us." And I found myself getting upset because it didn't seem to matter. This was something so real and close to home to me and I didn't understand how those who love me didn't care. (And, yes, I know... it is not all about me).
Then, I stopped and listened. I calmed my fears and came to this reality -- It doesn't matter. Really, it doesn't. No, sir. Why on earth have I been letting myself get so emotionally involved and upset in a political election!? See, the government may control the speed I can legally drive or the amount of taxes I pay, but they do not control me. I abide by the government's laws, but only because God wants me to. He is the ultimate, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
"The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good." - Proverbs 15:3 (NIV). He sees it all and he knows the wicked from the good. Am I going to remain caught up in politics? Or am I going to remain focused on God? Am I going to worry about who may or may not affect me here on earth? Or am I going to trust that God has a plan for anything and everything that I may encounter? Am I going to show all that is good to God? Or am I going to fall victim to the wicked ways of our self-absorbed society?
Trump or Hillary may end up being declared the next President of the United States by the time this blog posts and my family is still going to be intact. We will get by and we will do what we need to do to take care of our rights in any way that we can. God has been so good to us and has protected us, provided for us, and guided us this far...and he surely isn't going anywhere!
Even those who don't realize that God is watching over them, have his protection. All the hate that has been breeding because of this election is not pulling us toward God, but dragging us further away. Hebrew 12:2(MSG) reminds us to, "Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed - that exhilarating finish in and with God - he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God."
LIFE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN ELECTION DAY. No matter who is elected to lead our country, we will still have love, each other, the moon, the sun, the wildflowers, and God. That does not change.
Remember what is important and, tomorrow, re-build any bridges that may have been torn down over an election that we could never control in the first place. God is good.
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