It’s very hard to escape it right now. Social media is lit up with it. I try to avoid as much as I can and bite my tongue. But sometimes it’s a little hard for me to keep quiet. Now I won’t get into the issues that are sparking a good bit of America’s anger right now…partly because most of it goes over my head. I will however take a simpler approach. I don’t necessarily see myself as simple minded but I try to look at things the way others may not. So here’s where I stand:
- I look to God for my source of peace. I can look at what is happening and have that peace that surpasses all understanding that the Apostle Paul wrote about in Philippians. I don’t need to take the weight of the world (or this country) on my shoulders, because Jesus has already overcome the world. No matter what happens, this will remain true. (See Philippians 4:6-7 and John 16:33).
- The way I see it, we still have it pretty good here in the United States. I can go to the store and purchase food when my refrigerator grows empty. I can flip a light on when the sun goes down. I can turn on my fireplace on the coldest days of winter and run the AC when the summer heat is too much to bear. I can visit my doctor when I am sick and my employer pays for me to use insurance when I do. My child can go to school and pursue college if she desires. I can go to church and worship God freely. These are all reasons to be proud to live here.
- As the pledge of allegiance goes, we are ONE NATION UNDER GOD. I understand that many people have disavowed the “under God” part and that is sad in itself. But now everyone seems to even be forgetting about the ONE NATION? United we stand, divided we fall. It seems that every day there is a new division among everyone. How much longer can we hold this country together if it is being chopped up into so many pieces? I totally get that not everyone will be on board with what is happening and social media and the internet have made it easier for everyone to have a voice (myself included, as seen here) but can’t we do this without tearing each other down? Friendships are falling apart and family ties are being strained. I am for standing up for what you believe in but can it be handled differently? Fights, protests, banning businesses because of someone’s political views…isn’t that over the top? Again…*sigh*.
I don’t pretend to have all of the answers and I’m just a country girl who tries to see the good in everything and everyone. I just want everyone to be happy and get along. It may be a “Polly Anna” view of things but like I said, let’s keep it simple. Having said that here is my humble advice:
Live in God’s word.
Love each other.
And just calm down.