- Don’t be selfish.
- Don’t do things out of desire for advancement or self promotion.
- Don’t be conceited.
- Think of others as BETTER than yourself. This will give you a natural concern for their needs and concerns.
I’m not talking about the tactic where you let your newborn-ish baby cry to the top of their lungs in their crib while you sit by the door in anguish and try to resist rescuing them. I could never do that, personally…but that’s SO not the point…or maybe…it is?
I feel like I hear more often than not – BE STRONG….PUT ON YOUR BIG GIRL PANTIES AND DEAL WITH IT….SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP…basically all the ‘wash your face’ logic that is so popular today. I just wonder why? Why are we fighting so hard to be so strong when we were created to depend on Jesus and also on others? Why are we trying to hold back our tears when we know…from the Bible…that Jesus hears our cries? He heals our hurts and He is pleased by our need for Him.
I am so guilty of being ashamed of crying. Of trying to hide my tears and trying to appear strong…of trying to pretend someone didn’t hurt my feelings or disappoint me…and of not just crying it out. Imagine if Jesus is right outside of our door, waiting for us to cry out to Him so He can rescue us? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Today’s blog: Come up with a creative plan (and no, it doesn’t have to be realistic and scientifically-based — toddler on a hamster wheel, anyone?) to create energy once we use up our fossil fuels.
Here is a good plan ~ somehow determine how best to bottle toddler energy. Maybe it’s a chemical in their glands, maybe it’s in their blood, maybe it’s secreted in their urine…but somehow, it’s there. They have a ton of it. They can use less and we can use it for everything!!! BOOM.
My prompt for today: What is your biggest concern about the future of the environment?
Obviously, I’m concerned about the future for a few reasons…. Of course I just CARE. I’d like to see this world we live in thrive and be green and pretty and all that jazz… However, if the Lord doesn’t return soon and I leave this world before my children are left to hang around and endure it – I’d like for them to have pretty things to see, air to breath (that doesn’t harm them), animals to observe and clean water to drink. I think water is a big deal for me for a few reasons….I LOVE IT first of all. I love to drink it, swim in it, see it, you name it! My job is obviously greatly affected by water. We want people to ENJOY it…we want people to benefit from the cleanliness of it…we want to MOVE it… It’s a big deal, y’all!! I could give you lots of stats but you all know the deal. There’s a lot of water. There’s a lot of pollution. There’s a lot of work to do…we just need to be sure we’re all doing it, that our government is funding someone doing it and that we are all supporting it!!!
My heart is really heavy tonight. I’ve prayed, I’ve cried, I’ve read, I’ve watched…I’ve tried to comprehend the details and then shut my computer in dismay. I have hugged my children, absorbed in their scents, and thanked the Lord for my blessings. I feel so incredibly sad for the families of the little angels that lost their lives today. I feel so raw with emotion that I can’t even put into words exactly how it makes me feel. I am looking to my Lord. I am not asking for answers or understanding or even peace. What I ask is for more people to trust Him. More people to have the kind of faith that moves mountains. That heals hearts. That forgives. Those children were so innocent, so unfinished. Surely so loved by a parent or two….grandparents…great-grandparents..aunts..uncles…brothers…sisters. Those small little hands and fingers and toes….so small and yet so missed this evening. I cannot even imagine the hurt and loss that their families must be feeling. But, even so, I pray that they have faith. I pray that they look to Him. I pray that they would draw closer and nearer to the only one who can deliver them. I pray that they would know Him, love Him, trust Him. Only through Him will they once again see those small eyes and be reunited among streets of gold!!! I pray for comfort for these people, this town, our country. We surely need many things…but most of all, Him.
As I’m attempting to complete the NaBloPoMo blogging party…I’m using some prompts to keep things fresh around here and not just write about MONO! 🙂 Today’s is timely of course…and involves our fabulous election that will take place tomorrow!
What do I think about it? I think it’s a wonderful thing. I am so very proud to live in a country where we are given the right…the ability…the responsibility…the privilege of electing the official that will execute our federal laws. I think it’s sad that some don’t use it…some don’t think it matters…some don’t agree with it. I personally feel very obligated to educate myself on the nominees of local, state and federal offices. I feel that I need to vote with my head AND heart. I know that I need to use my own beliefs and hopes for our country, in order to vote with a strong understand of who and what I’m voting for. It’s hard, with the negative ads from both sides…with the banter on social media sites coming from and at both sides…with the chaos that surrounds the nominees and sorting through it all. When it comes down to it though, I pray. I pray for each nominee and their families. I can’t imagine what they go through, what they are up against. I pray for our country and know that no matter what happens…who wins and who loses, that MY job is to pray. I know who is in charge, in my Lord and Savior. He makes no mistakes and He has His hands on our country, my house and my life…so I have peace in that. Just remember….One nation…under God!!!!! 🙂
One of the things that bother me the most, of all that seems to be wrong with our world…is the general lack of kindness shown to others. When my son tells me about things that happen at school…when I watch the news…when I read on Twitter – it is pretty obvious that many people in this world are just unkind. Why people want to tear down others is just beyond me. I might not be the most uplifting, inspiring, motivational person in the world but belittling people is certainly not on my resume either. It hurts my heart to think of kids being bullied and adults too. Many online outlets give more access than ever to allow the bullying of both..and it’s just not right. More than being just “wrong” in my brain…it’s not Biblical. If Love is “Kind”…and it is, according to 1 Corinthians 13:1…and we are called to love…then we are called to be kind, among other things. I would think that the easiest would be kindness though…so why do so many find it so hard?