I’m sure when many of you were in school you had to read the poem, If, by Rudyard Kipling. I linked to it in case you didn’t or forgot the nuggets of truth it contained. The first line tells us not to be carried away when all have gone crazy and then turn and blame you.
Daily, we are assaulted with those defending the indefensible and then point their fingers at us for the blame. God told us this time would come. Good would be called evil and evil good.
As the love of many grows cold, how do we protect our hearts that we are not caught up in the fray and become what we abhor?
For now, the Lord leads me to Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Check your hearts in whatever you are doing. If the evening news leads you to anger and hatred, don’t watch it. If fb posts raise your blood pressure, skip or delete them. If there are those around you who drag you into arguments, stay away from them. You do not have to give them your time much less your peace.
Spend time in prayer, worship, and the Word. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit and learn from Him. Spend time with other Christians who encourage you in the Word.
I’m not advocating we retreat from the world. I do encourage that we grow in the Lord Jesus so that we shine in these dark times. Shine with His peace. Shine so that we aren’t drawn into hateful speech. Shine so that those who are perishing can see where to find hope.
Over and over, the Lord has settled me down by reminding me that this is not my home. Heaven is my home, and I am an ambassador for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
Now, is the time to keep our sight on the prize of the hope of glory. To keep our hearts unstained by the sinful lusts of the world. To keep our perspective on Him and not the loud voices shouting in the wind.
Thanks for giving me your time. This has been on my heart to share. Have a blessed.
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Nettie felt as cold as the ground her father was being laid to rest in. Alone. Always alone. Now, as the spinster sister, she was to live out her life helping her three brothers and their wives. The farm was gone. Sold by her brothers. She had nothing but the ad for a mail order bride. Sheriff Reed Andrews stared at the paper the judge handed him. Seems the town wanted him to retire. Too old to chase outlaws they’d said. The hollow feeling in his heart told him what he already knew. He needed a wife to share the nights, to wake and see the Texas sun in the mornings, and to love. But could he convince a woman to come to Bluebonnet Texas and marry him?