Jul. 8, 2017

Win or Whine?

 

God is teaching me a lesson in gratitude and fortitude. While I realize the bible teaches that every man (and woman) will face opposition, God is teaching me the value of priorities.

As I watched the show, “Patriot’s Day,” this afternoon, I couldn’t help but wonder why anyone would think taking innocent life would get them anywhere positive.  Suddenly, I realized that it had more to do with ego than logic. The ongoing issue with humankind is our desire to rule instead of share.

Whether it is a hatred for a specific people group or a refusal to allow others the free will that God so willingly bestowed on us, we have a choice to learn to co-exist or to watch the world crumble at our feet. The truth is the choice is up to us as individuals.

While I cannot control what someone does across the ocean or across the street, I can decide on how I will respond. I’ve been meditating on the lives of the early Christians. They endured severe persecution, some even death, but they didn’t insist on life going their way. The used their time wisely. Despite how much or little time they had, they spent it sharing Jesus.

As the movie ended, I prayed silently, “Lord, we need You. Everyone needs You.” We cannot protect the world from itself. We can present the story of Christ and His salvation to those around us.  

So, what’s it going to be? Whine or win? The bible not only teaches us that we will face our fair share of problems, it promises us that society will decay rapidly towards the end.

The Good News is that those who choose the winning side survive. Those who choose to whine will find survival a lot more difficult.