We have watched as our nation was brought to its knees by an unseen virus. Then we were angered at a reprobate police officer who abused his authority while 3 subordinates stood aside not daring to stop their bully officer.
Then the discussion on racism got hijacked by anarchists bent on destruction instead of reconciliation. Three watching one and doing nothing turned into millions watching bully mobs and doing nothing.
Now we see a nation of angry, fearful citizens. News is all about the worst discovered atrocity designed to enrich the fuel-soaked unrest with headlines of incite instead of insight.
A nation where seldom is heard, an encouraging word.
Consult the most infallible words of all times. Open your bibles first; not your computer screen, TV or newspaper. Start every day on the enduring guidance God gave us. Absorb every word.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV).
Think About it
We are returning to our walls. Those emerging from the rubble of calamity are continuing to be inundated with noise. They need encouragement. They have had enough discouragement to drive them mad – a relentless stream they don’t know how to shut off.
I can’t fix Seattle, Minneapolis, media madness or political idiocy. I can manage my own life and my own circle of influence. We all can.
We can choose to encourage or discourage, and don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There is text to follow.
This week ends the first half of 2020 and starts the last. The first half was ugly. Start the last half the only place you have control over; yourself and your responsible circle.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)