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Your Focus - remember very clearly that before 2019 started I was very hopeful that it was going to be an amazing year, with no major trials. Then, I went through 2019. My mom's dementia got progressively worse and she had to be put into a nursing home, I was so stressed I began to have a lot of health issues, my dad had major surgery, he almost died on the operating table, his recovery was horrific, he ended up back in the hospital, I was visiting him every day in rehab, Abby left for college, etc. You get the point. The year wasn't great.
Then December 2019 came and I thought to myself, "This is the year. It's going to be great." A couple weeks before the new year my ear started ringing. It was detrimental to my mental health. I always thought that your ear ringing would be something very inconsequential until it happened to me. Imagine trying to sit and read your Bible, or take in the stillness of an early morning and all you can hear is a high pitched screech in your ear. Then imagine that no matter what you do you can't turn it off. Ever! It's become my new way of life and I guess I'm getting used to it.
Then CoVid19 hit and it changed everything as far as how we work, how we shop, where we go, what we do. It changed most every aspect of life. It's been a rough 2020. It's so easy to look back at 2019 and the first half of 2020 and get sad, but I've been choosing to look past the hardships and focus on the little things, the good things, the blessings, the lessons. God has been so faithful in every situation. First and foremost, He's brought us through. You can't ask for much more. He's taught us a lot along the way and He's given us strength to endure.
I've learned that no matter what year we're living in, it's going to be full of trials so I'm choosing to live a life of gratitude. I know Pastor has preached on this and it has changed my life. I like to dwell each day on what I have to be thankful for. Today I'm thankful I had time to make macarons (even though I think this batch is going to be a flop), I'm thankful I get to go for a walk and get some exercise, I'm thankful for my flower garden, I'm thankful Abby is almost done with her college algebra class. I could focus on the spikes of CoVid or the racial tensions in our country, or climate change, or how my ear is ringing today but instead I'm choosing to focus on the goodness of God. The things going on in our life might need our attention but where's my focus? What will you focus on today? Will you choose gratitude?
Brothers and sisters--did you read that? Within Christ’s church that is what we are. There are no races, there are only brothers and sisters. The goal of the Christian church is to come into one accord just like what happened at Pentecost around 2000 years ago. When that happened God was able to do amazing things and He’ll do it again if it happens in these last days.
Are there problems, racial issues in our society and in societies all around the world? Absolutely! This is a world of sin. There will always be these things until Christ comes and makes the world new. Satan is the author of division, chaos, and confusion. He is behind everything happening the past couple weeks, and even years, not your brother or sister in Christ. That is not to say that there are not Christians who are racist. There surely are! “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12) We must not let the world seep into the church. It has always been a spiritual principle to separate from the world and it is no different under the current circumstances. We still must be brothers and sisters! We can’t start pointing our fingers at each other as is happening in the world. We cannot turn to violence and bullying. This is all that Satan wants.
Before this explosion of racial tension happened in the past two weeks we were brothers and sisters. We still remain brothers and sisters. We must remember who the enemy is, Satan. We must remember what the problem is, SIN. Finally, we must learn from all of this as well. Do we have racism in our heart? Do we not see all people as a blood bought child of God? If so, we must go to Christ and plead for a changed heart (the same as with all sins) and repent of the wrongs we have committed, as well as make amends to those we may have wronged through racism.
I can see that Satan is working very hard to divide us in the church, in a general sense as well as in the local congregations. We have been socially isolated from each other for almost three months, not getting the weekly affirmation of love from each other on a weekly basis. Then we are immediately catapulted into these very divisive issues (although it is not new). Instead of weekly affirmation of love from our brothers and sisters we instead are inundated with hate, divisiveness, disunity, violence, etc. from the news and from social media platforms. It’s important that we stay informed of the world around us but we must still base our emotions, feelings, decisions, and actions on Biblical principles and true experiences that we’ve had in the past with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Please don’t misunderstand this message, I fully admit there are major issues. I’m only trying to encourage us to stick to God’s Word, His plans, and His agenda. Not to get pulled into Satan’s words, plans, and agenda. We must continue to love each other and rise and shine brightly at such a time as this. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn. 13:35)
Brother, Sister—I Love You