Jan. 7, 2018

Catching on...

“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.” Ephesians 5:1-2a

I’m finally catching on. I must be slower than most. Politics is killing us. It’s killing our country. It’s killing friendships. It’s killing conversations in families. We are so polarized. It is tempting to turn off the news, put our heads in the sand, and hide every post on Facebook that has anything to do with the subject.

The Lord has done a miraculous work in my life. He whispered in my ear an amazing truth. Fasten your seatbelts. Remember I’m slower than most. Here goes: You are not going to change my mind, and I will never convince you that you are wrong.

Adults are funny that way. We are only willing to learn what we are willing to see. Most of us like the way we are and have no plans to change.

Is that okay? I don’t know, but here is what I do know. The Holy Spirit of God is the only thing powerful enough to convict a human heart and produce change. I can’t do it. You can’t do it. Our parents can’t do it once we reach a certain age. Only God’s Spirit can truly change our mind by transforming our heart.

So, I’m not going to argue. I’m not going to insist on having a say when the topic is brought up. I’m going to lessen the amount of news that I read and watch for my own mental health. I am going to hide every political post put on Facebook. I am going to change the subject when politics are brought up in conversations. I am not putting my hand in the sand. I am putting my hand over the mouth.

I would rather pray for God’s Spirit to intervene revealing all truth as opposed to exercising my ego thinking I can change minds.

We are made in His image. Let’s imitate Him. Of course, we must know Him and study Him before we can imitate Him.