Tag Archive | current affairs

Reflections

I’ve been spending some time reflecting on the headlines pertaining to current events.

As I’ve noted in previous posts on this blog, we have a choice about what we not only spend our time on, but also how we allow those things to engage with our hearts.

I’ve decided to give a little insight on this post, just how I’ve been approaching them.

Approaching them with a heart to not let them take over.

Hopefully, you will find this a helpful idea.

If your idea is different than mine, feel free to message me, or share in the comments.

My approach is by using scripture, God’s promise to me, to keep my heart in a place that is peaceful.

This is not to say that I am not disturbed by what I’m reflecting on, it is to say that my heart can be at rest in spite of it all.

It is the only thing I’ve tried that actually works.

The issues;

Sickness. Politics. Social unrest. Child pornography. Sex trafficking. Too many more to even comprehend.

When I think of SICKNESS; I reflect on 3 John 2 (NKJV) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

When I think of the current state of POLITICS; I reflect on 1 Timothy 2:1-2 which tells us to Pray for All People – First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

When I think of the SOCIAL UNREST all around us; I reflect on 1 John 2:15-17 which tells us not to love the world; Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. Loving the world more than God can only cause discord.

When I think of CHILD PORNOGRAPHY; I reflect on Luke 17:2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.

When I think of SEX TRAFFICKING; I reflect on Psalm 82:3 that says to defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

When I think of many other things disturbing the world we live in, too numerous to name; I reflect on Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Looking at His creation I can see His glory. This gives me hope everyday.

My approach is simple, and yet not always easy.

Sometimes this approach goes against the way we are wired.

This is where the decision making comes in.

I must decide if I want to be laden down with care and frustration, or filled with joy, and yes, even hope.

Maybe this post will help you to make some decisions for yourself?

Until next time …

Fear Not

Staying in today, fear. That is what I read. Just fear.

Out and about today – fear. That is what I see. Just fear.

With all that has happened in the past week, the fear has only gotten thicker.

I live in a relatively smallish town. It isn’t crime-less, but it is more quiet than some heavily urban areas.

News, radio, social media – all screaming fear.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am not afraid.

I know what my eyes see. I know what my brain tells me.

I hear it all around – Be afraid, be very afraid.

But I also know what my heart tells me after years of training it with the word. What does my heart tell me?

It tells men that no matter what I may see, God is still God. He is still sovereign. He is still in control.

I must believe that He is allowing some things so that we will notice.

Notice how well we have it. Notice that many still need our help, our understanding, and our compassion.

Notice how much we take for granted; as in our families, jobs, and here in America, our freedoms.

Notice that we cannot really do it without Him.

This life has some hard knocks, and we really need to depend on Him to be at peace regardless.

In Proverbs 3:6-8 (ESV) It says “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

My bones can use some refreshing. How about yours?

Isaiah 35:3-5 (ESV) Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

I could do without the anxiety. You too?

Do you see those words? He will come and save you. I truly believe those words. In my heart.


John 14:26-27 (ESV) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

All this I say as an encouragement to you.

All this being said, I confess, I need to learn more.

More about the fear that lives in the hearts of my friends who are people of color.

It’s not something we talk about. Until now.

All this mess; is it bringing up things that we need to be seeing? I think so.

I still say, we need to seek His face, no mater our skin tone, and ask Him to help us to love each other, and teach us how to “Fear not”.

We can “Be angry and sin not.” Ephesians 4:26a

Be careful. Be safe. Be at peace.

Until next time …