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On Sunday the Pastor of our church, Pastor Boyd, shared a very heartfelt message, a personal message, a message that really spoke to me...the message was one that made me feel a bit silly, and a bit ashamed really because I had been there too. Just recently in fact.
Pastor Boyd spoke about how just that past week he was feeling down about himself. He called the situation he felt, "Death by a thousand paper cuts." And then he shared how he began to throw his 'party of 1'...a pity party.
Have you ever done it? Thrown yourself a pity party??
I have. You see Pastor Boyd's message spoke very loudly to me because I was just there. Feeling very similar to how he felt. Feeling down, a little depressed, and having a silly and destructive pity party.
It can happen so easily. A few things might go wrong with household stuff, the kids might not be minding as well as I think they should, the house is an utter mess from the busyness of summer time.
...and then it happens.
I feel overwhelmed, frustrated, down, and I begin to focus on all the things that are "wrong" in my life. I begin to worry about what will happen next. And in this moment I lose focus on what is important.
The underlying theme of Pastor Boyd's message was focus. Life can get tough, no doubt about it. But are we going to let our emotions control our attitude and allow us to take our focus off God?
During the message we looked at several passages from the Apostle Paul's letter to the believers in Philippi. There were several verses that jumped off the page to me and so yesterday morning I spent time reading through the entire book of Philippians. This letter Paul wrote is so encouraging for believers.
I struggle a great deal with fear. Unfortunately, fear invites itself into my life far too often. But Paul reminds us to have confidence that Christ Jesus will complete the work He started in us. Paul writes, "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6
Satan would love nothing more than for us to cower down and hide. To let the 'things' of this world get us down and for us to lose focus, to let go of the confidence we have in Jesus. But we must not give in.
I just, like Paul, want to encourage you...
Focus on the one who gives strength and confidence to face each day. You are special to Jesus and He has a purpose for your life. He will complete the work he started in you, but you have to be willing and available.
What about you? Where is your focus today? Are you letting life's circumstances steal your confidence or are you focusing on God?
Happy Freedom Friday! I am back highlighting the Principles of Liberty and today we are on #7: 'The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things.'
It just amazes me how American society and our political ruling class has gotten this principle completely twisted. It seems there are many double standards when it comes to "equal rights". I don't even know if most people know what true "equal rights" means???
Our American culture has become so wrapped up in materialism; and sadly, there are many people who value things more than they do people. Many in our society have become slaves to material things. And this breeds a warped measure of how to value one's self. Personal value is then measured by how much "stuff" one has. Ideology likes this results in culture of entitlement and confusion about personal rights.
True personal worth is not measured by things, but by the One who created us. Two Scriptures come to my mind to help understand how valuable we are to God and much our lives are worth.
Luke 12:24 - Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Our Founding Fathers knew these scriptures and knew where true value of people comes from. They also knew that government's role should be to protect people's rights. A right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...freedom of speech, religion, and right to bear arms. These are the kinds of rights we need our government to protect.
Let's ponder principle #7 today and consider what the Founding Fathers intended for our government in America.
Have a wonderful day!
Please share any thoughts you have about this Principle of Liberty. Thank you.
I decided to take a break this week from the Principles of Liberty in order to give full attention to America's Independence Day holiday. I want to wish everyone a safe and fun holiday weekend. May we remember that we are truly blessed by the freedom that was fought for and won so many years ago and for all the brave men and women of America who continue to sacrifice to keep us free!
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