Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
I used to keep close track of what’s happening in our government, our politics, and our country. About a year and a half ago we discontinued our cable and only have internet. Entertainment is Netflix, and news is online.
We were spending too much time and energy over every little thing in the news cycle. I would alternately be upset, worried, angry, or joyful over every turn of events. It was a waste! I have better things to do with my time.
I’m still aware of what’s happening in the world and our country, but in a “headlines” sort of way. I know Trump fired Comey from the FBI, and there’s a big stink about that; whether he should have done that earlier or now, whether he did it for the right reasons, etc. I don’t think any of us can completely know the whole story. I don’t feel like taking the energy to slog through it. To what end would I do that?
Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys, as I wrote over a year ago.
The country is too big. So is the world. There’s not much I can do for the whole world. I’ll tell you what I can do, though.
Pray, for starters. I’ve kept a prayer list for decades. I pray for all Christians everywhere, but especially for those who are persecuted. I pray for all those who fight against evil, whether on the battlefield or in government. I pray for everyone in the world who does not believe, that God would soften their hearts and give them another chance – or just a first chance – to believe. I used to wonder if I wasn’t biting off more than I could chew with such large prayers.
God’s shoulders are big enough. He’s the One doing the lifting, whether lifting the dead from the grave, lifting a cross on His back, or lifting us in our times of need. He’s good at it!
I also pray for very specific people; family, friends, and even people I barely know who have need. Every time I see flashing lights and hear sirens, I pray that the responders and those they are rushing too are protected and made well.
I write this blog, putting out words that I feel compelled to write. I reach the world, believe it or not; India, the UK, Japan, Mauritias, Brazil, Europe, Hong Kong, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Viet Nam, and more.
I try to bolster other people. I had lunch with my pastor yesterday, and gave him my “two cents” on something, which ended up being helpful to him. I try to find opportunities to randomly give strangers sincere compliments. People are too nasty to each other; I try to take the opposite track.
I don’t think I can directly affect most of what happens in the world. It’s too big. But…
In this corner…