Like most of you, this week has got me thinking an awful lot about politics and our future as individuals and as a country. I’ve thought about things and had conversations about things that have never been brought up before. I’m glad it helped me to come to some of these conclusions individually and think outside of the norms.
This week helped me draw some lines in the metaphorical sand. I realized that I will never allow one person, or the government to control the way that I live my life. I will live with integrity, love and hope for the future no matter what the current circumstances or the cost may be. I refuse to throw love and hope out the window. Period.
I refuse to do this because my hope is not in the state of our government, economics, the people around me or my circumstances. All of those things are fleeting and always changing. It’s like attaching your rope to a sinking ship. You don’t want to do that. Attach yourself to something that is unmovable. The Lord is the only steadfast hope to cling to because he never changes and cannot not be moved.
Along with those beliefs, I believe that loving each other is the top of priorities in life (the second greatest commandment to be exact). Loving people relentlessly dispite their views, negativity, or what they say or do.
That being said, love assumes the best of someone. That being said, I am going to assume that if you voted for Hilary, Donald, Gary or Pizza, you did what you thought was right when you voted the other day. We all tried, and we cannot be upset at each other for that.
Today, again, (and everyday after that) you get to do what you think is right. Now go out and live your life to the fullest and do what you can on an individual basis to make the world better.
Your life can make an impact on the world that’s even bigger than the legacy of a president if you believe it. Ordinary people do the extraordinary every day. Move towards your dreams and live radically in integrity, love and hope today guys.
Also, these verses are amazing! I hope they speak to your soul like they did to mine.
“Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.”
1 Peter 2:13-17
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care — then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”