Monthly Archives: October 2013

Feeling Insignificant?

This morning, as our pilot guided us into Chicago O’Hare International Airport on final approach, I looked out my window and saw two planes flying alongside us. My immediate thought was humbling: Look how small these jumbo jets appear in the sky. Now I know what it feels like to be a grain of sand on a vast expanse of beach. As big and important as I may sometimes think I am, I’m really just a speck in the vast realm of human existence.

Planes on approach into O'Hare 10.7.2013

Planes on approach into O’Hare 10.7.2013

As I considered this revelation, this passage of Scripture came to mind:

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” ~ Matthew 10:30

Through this simple verse, God reminded me that, although I may be insignificant in the context of the world, I am not insignificant to the One who matters most. The reality of being loved by the Creator of all things, the One who saves me from my sins, is overwhelming. In that instant, God reframed my point of reference. He knows me more intimately than anyone, even myself. As we landed at O’Hare and approached our gate, I was reminded that God has joined me on this journey. He reframed my perspective on today. And for that I am so very thankful.

Calm in the Raging Storm

Have you ever wondered what true contentment feels like? How do we find the proverbial calm in the midst of the storm? Does such calm even exist?

Naples, FL Sunset - July 2012

Naples, FL Sunset – July 2012

Over the past week or so, I’ve been very agitated over events currently facing our country. In observing the behavior of our government officials, those whom we elected to office, my anger often supersedes the attitude and outlook that I, as a Christian, know I should have. My anger and frustration is fueled even more when I see how we Americans treat each other with disrespect, anger, and disdain that seems to draw, at times, dangerously close to downright hatred. I worry about the future of our country. I worry about the condition in which my generation is leaving our country for our children and grandchildren. Worry, worry, worry! Out of the genuine concern I feel for my country comes emotions and words that, at times, I wish had never manifested.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:38-39

Amidst my storm of worry, I open God’s Word. Therein resides the eternal calm in the midst of the temporal storm in which I find myself living day after day. Yes, our nation is in crisis; I truly believe that. But even in crisis, God reigns supreme. You see, my human frailty – the sinful nature that resides in each of us – causes me to say and do things that I know I shouldn’t do. Sin has that effect on each of us. When I say and do those things, not only do I help advance the problem at hand, I lose sight of the real prize that has already been won in my behalf through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. When I lose sight of the prize, I try to fight the storm on my own and I lose my way in the process. Thank God for His love, His mercy, and His Holy Word! Through His Word, I am reminded that, no matter what happens in government and no matter what the future holds for our country, I have eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus and nothing can take that away.

Hollywood Beach, outside of Ocean Pub 101, Hollywood, FL ~ July 24, 2013

Hollywood Beach, outside of Ocean Pub 101, Hollywood, FL ~ July 24, 2013

Through Christ, I am equipped to respond appropriately when crisis rears its ugly head. Rather than stir the pot and contribute to the problem, I am equipped to rise above the fray and offer a voice of calm reason in the midst of the raging storm. The sinful nature that resides within me, and in all of us, will sometimes cause me to stumble. The Holy Spirit will convict me of those times, compel me to confess them, and help me to repent so I can get back to the work that God has called me to do.

The love of God, manifested in Christ Jesus our Lord, is the calm in the midst of the storm. If you don’t know Him, contact me or reach out to a Christian friend – we’ll be glad to introduce you. If you do know Him and find yourself overwhelmed by the storms of this life, go into God’s Word and be reminded of your salvation; stop trying to fight the storm on your own! Then join me as I renew my commitment to being a positive influence, with my foundation in God’s Word, on my nation and all with whom I come into contact.

My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, As I review some of my posts and communiqués over the past several days I realize that I have not honored You as I know I should. In doing so, I am part of the problem. Forgive me of this and all of my sins and guide me to true repentance. In so doing, help me to be an effective witness for You, that through my words and actions, others would see You. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Congress: Time for a Major Change!

US Capital at Night

US Capital at Night (Photo credit: l.hutton)

As the prospects of a government shut-down become reality, many Americans wonder, “what’s next?” That’s a good question. The good news is, the world is still turning, gravity still works, and this will likely be a short-lived situation. Why? Because the professional politicians currently running our government, Republicans and Democrats alike, cannot allow this to be a long-term situation for fear of jeopardizing their carers.

Careers. Therein lies our problem. My study of American history tells me that our founders never intended that serving in government would be a career. It would be a sacrifice; an act of service to one’s peers in which the government representative leaves home for a few years to go to Washington and serve her neighbors; when her turn is over she returns home so another can take his turn. Working in that manner, self-interest will not trump service to country.

The time for Congressional term limits is way past due. The professional politicians currently occupying the seats of those who are supposed to represent the interests of we Americans are, instead, serving their own professional interests as they seek to forward their political careers. Why do we see many newly elected representatives turn into Washington insiders soon after arrival in Congress? Because the machine that is our government sucks them in and, with few exceptions, they are unable to resist the siren call of personal power and financial security on the backs of working Americans. Next thing we know, they’ve been there way too long and they begin to sound like Harry Reid, John McCain, and so many others who, in my opinion, quit representing their respective constituencies years ago.

Opponents to Congressional term limits typically cite the fact that we the people can simply replace those in government with whom we’ve become disenchanted by voting them out of office. In my state of Texas we elected Kay Bailey Hutchison to three terms in the Senate after she served a partial term. But for her retirement to run for governor she would likely have been elected to a fourth (my opinion), absent a worthy challenger. Here’s the rub: Both major parties are run by establishment politicians who discourage would-be candidates from challenging the status quo. Why? Because challenging the status quo means there would be turnover in government! Their political careers would be jeopardized! It is not in their personal interest to allow worthy candidates a level platform from which to challenge incumbent office holders. Hence, the people are not presented with worthy alternatives to those currently in office.

American flag

American flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have become a country run by establishment politicians bent on furthering their own interests, even at the expense of the American people. This, in my opinion, is why we have rampant debt and continue to spend in deficit. This, in my opinion, is why government fails year after year to balance our federal budget and, instead, subjects us to these ridiculous debt ceiling arguments and, yes, our current government shut-down. This, in my opinion, is why politicians from both parties are happy to watch Americans attack each other personally while the politicians continue to line their pockets and secure their personal financial futures on our backs. On our current path, our country will one day be bankrupt as our economy collapses. I guarantee you those currently in power will walk away unscathed while the rest of us are left to clean up their mess.

Our government is broken, thanks to the establishment politicians to whom we Americans have entrusted her. We need break that trend. We need term limits to reduce the power of incumbency and allow other would-be public servants, true public servants, to step forward and take their turn at the helm. We need leaders who will break the machine and lead this country before the professional politicians lead us to economic collapse. Let’s not let that happen. The time for we Americans to act is now.

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