Good Morning Saints,
On Friday, I ended the week discussing the fact that sorrow lurks around the corner and we have no need to look for it or chase it. Instead, we need to prepare our hearts to deal with it--giving to the Lord, and move forward. This morning, it rests heavily upon my heart, the shooting of the congresswoman, little girl and others. This is a touchy subject, but not as touchy as the taking of lives over differing views. Our world history is riddled with these types of outbursts. I am not talking about fighting for "survival or protection," but out of dislike and hate. Our views and opinions lead us to kill and maim each other to get our views across, whether it be in the name of politics, religion or/and love. We must hold on to the wonderful fact that this world is a better place because of the vast differences in opinions. Killing each other or those that differ with you, is not the answer. It never was and it never will be, for in the end we will realize that the cycle of hate kills not only the hated but those that hate, also. It is a circle of doom for everyone, no matter what your views may be. When we think about what Jesus would do, do we we envision Him taking a gun to His enemies(and they were plentiful) if they would not accept Him? No. He gave us the wonderful gift of choice. We have to practice extending that liberty to our fellow man or woman, as well. I have to believe that we did not reach out to the hurting soul of this young troubled man and suffered the consequences. We have to reach out to those who are hurting, although it means risking our hearts. Philippians 2:4 - "...do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." Is there someone in your community, church or workplace who seems a little hurt, sad, unstable? Let them know you care by smiling or speaking. That smile could plant the smallest seed of hope in their hearts. You can only try--one smile and positive word at a time. Let's be diligent in our prayers for the young man who was mentally unstable and committed this act, as well as the grieving families, and our world. Blessings, Saints.
Scripture of the Day
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)
Music of the Day( I Trust You)