My brain is a jumble of thoughts today. I don’t know why, but I am struggling to hold a single thought in my head. My mind is running and jumping from topic to topic like a parkour athlete. So here are some of my random thoughts, in no particular order:
1. Florida school shooting: My heart, prayers and thoughts are with that community, those friends, the parents and families. I keep hearing media voices talking about fixing it so it never happens again. Boy, wouldn’t that be nice. But sadly in my heart of hearts I’m not sure it’s possible and if it were, would we want the unintended consequences. There is no magic wand. For now, I think we should focus on the survivors and what we can do to help them and this country through this tragedy. Let’s stop pointing fingers and start holding hands for a while.
2. Responsibility: Lately, it feels as if America wants to give up our responsibility for our health, welfare and safety. Just like small children want their parents to do everything for them, we want the government or someone, anyone, to take care of us. So that we don’t have to take responsibility for ourselves. And if we adults are behaving this way, what does that teach our children?
3. Not my fault: It feels as if no one wants to take the blame for mistakes or bad decisions. “The buck stops here” is a forgotten platitude. Accepting blame, or responsibility, gives us power. It gives us the power to change things. Saying I made a mistake is not a bad thing. It’s something everyone does but it seems to be unforgiveable these days. Watch the news and the finger pointing that is ruining careers. Sometimes, I’m sorry should be good enough. I think we have gotten so sensitive to slights by others because we don’t want to look at our own lives.
4. My reflection in God’s mirror: This is a tough one. If I were to use God’s word as a mirror, I sure don’t like my reflection very much. I am opinionated, and some of my opinions can be less than kind. I often say and do things without thinking, only to later realize that I could have really hurt someone’s feelings. I try to do better. But just like those bad hair days that make it hard to check yourself in the bathroom mirror, my sins make it hard to read the Bible and check myself in God’s mirror. Thank goodness God sent His son, Jesus to carry those sins for me.
5. Anything goes: The 80s were supposed to be the decade of excess. I often hear the anything goes attitudes of the decade criticized. But I look around and think how mild our excesses were compared to today. It seems as if anything is acceptable, as long as it’s not conservative or Christian.
I read today on Twitter, that the Vice President was called mentally ill by a media person, because he said he hears God. I have to wonder if this person would have said the same to a Muslim or Buddhist. It breaks my heart to see this kind of divisiveness. But that’s what the devil does, doesn’t he. His job is to make us doubt God. His job is to make us feel defeated. But we don't have to buy into the devils lies. We can hold tight to God and his word.
I’ll leave with the verse that is on my heart today.Acts 4:12 New Living Translation (NLT)
12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”God’s Peace be with you,