Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! (Grow Up!)

Donald J Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20, 2017. This is a fact. We can love it; we can hate it. But, barring a national crisis, he will be the next President of the United States.

There. It needed to be said. Wait, what? Everybody knows that already? OK, then…

What do you think will happen on Saturday, January 21,2017?

Well, if it is God’s will, we will wake up in the same America we have had for the past eight years. It may not “feel” the same to some, but it will be the same. If you’ve been working hard these past years, you will continue to work hard. If you have been lazy, you will still be the same lazy person. The only thing different is a new family will occupy the White House. It is part of the Constitution that this must happen. The people yearn for a leader, so every four years one is elected. The presidency is a position of power, but it is not all power. No man has the ability to add years to your life. Men cannot save souls. Men cannot keep your hair from turning gray. Men can only suggest ways to lead a healthier lifestyle. Men can only lead you to The One who does save souls. Men can only invent dyes to cover the gray. That is why we should never place our faith in man. Man’s love is conditional and his time is fleeting. God’s isn’t. Men attach labels and place people and things in categories or “boxes” in order of its importance to him. With God, you’re His child and He loves you. You are important to Him. And as a child of God you can experience a peace and freedom and acceptance you will NEVER have with man.

Here are some more facts to note:

Your opinion does not matter to anyone but you. Nobody cares about what you like or don’t like. Most people don’t care about your life because they are too busy trying to survive themselves. No one likes being told what to do or how to think. Everyone will not like you. Get over it. If you are trying to enact change, look in the mirror first. Change YOURSELF into the thinker and leader you want to see instead of wasting time trying to bang it over the head of people who could care less about your philosophical pontification. The longer we hold on to Democrat and Republican, black and white, liberal and conservative, left-wing and right-wing, the longer the nation stays divided. As we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. let’s remember one of his famous quotes, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” So, let’s examine our hearts and consider our words. Become a person of action. Sing a new song. Look forward to the future. And love. Love one another. Not for personal gain but out of common decency and respect. You don’t need a leader to tell you the difference between wrong and right. We need people to demonstrate the right thing to do every day in every little way. You can do it. I can do it. We can do it. Together.

You Reap What You Sow

Do you sow seeds of love or seeds of hate? Remember, you reap what you sow. If you encourage discord, lie, cheat and harbor hatred in your heart, don’t be surprised if your life is filled with discord, lying, cheating and hatred. Don’t ask, “Why me?”

Be the one who spreads tolerance, compassion, empathy and love even if it means going against those closest to you. You are a leader, not a follower. Your light should shine before you. If you constantly have to defend your Christianity, it may not be because everyone else has a problem. It may be due to the way you project yourself and the words you speak. My mother would always tell me as a child, “You never have to ask a person how he or she feels about anything. Just let the person talk.” What you feel in your heart almost always comes through in your conversation.

This open hatred between the races, classes, genders and sexual orientations has to stop. We are destroying ourselves in the guise of free speech. Just because you have the right, doesn’t make it right. We can and must do better.

Stand on the Side of Righteousness

“Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.”
Eccl 12:13-14

It can be a struggle to be righteous (acting in accord with divine or moral law) in world that seems to celebrate, encourage and even reward unbecoming behavior, self-gratification and divisiveness. We must, however, remember to keep God’s commandments even if it means standing alone. The opinions of our peers, parents, bosses, or spouses should not cause us to waver from doing what is right in eyes of the Lord. To know what is right requires Bible study so that you do not fall victim to dogmatic speech presented as God’s Word but, in reality, is far from it. To keep God’s commandments requires one to reject man’s reasoning, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.1 Cor 4:19. Unfortunately, rejecting man’s reasoning can lead to man rejecting you. That can hurt, especially if you are being rejected by your loved ones. However, the temporary sting of man’s rejection does not compare to being rejected by God for eternity. Man’s love is fickle. It changes over time. God’s love stands. And our love for Him compels us to meditate on His precepts. It moves us to live honorably. All of our works will be judged by God, the good and the bad. Let your works be good. It is better to stand alone with God than with a group poised for damnation.