VOTING PRIVILEGE: DUTY AND HOPE

Voting is a privilege that unfortunately is not meaningful to all Americans. If you are not a registered American voter eligible to vote in the national election on November 3, then this post may not interest you. If you are, then some of you will agree with me, some will disagree, and some will not care either way. Whatever your view, voting is important to me as a civic action in which good citizens participate.

As I plan to vote, I do so with feelings of duty and responsibility. Military service men and women have sacrificed so I have the privilege to vote. I also have hope for an outcome that matches my vote. I may be pleased or disappointed after votes are counted, but I will vote my conscience, values, and faith. I will never vote at a toss of a coin.

If asked what I consider as I make my voting decisions, I will name some issues that are important to me. Overall issues that align with Constitutional and Biblical views are my strong preferences.

These major concerns are listed in no particular order: (1) supporting a strong military; (2) supporting a good relationship with Israel; (3) promoting capitalism (avoiding socialism); (4) promoting pro-life; (5) protecting civil rights and religious liberties; (6) less taxation; (7) less government control; (8) maintaining 2nd amendment rights; (9) truthful leaders who do what they say; and (10) party platforms.

If you are uncertain about how to vote, consider issues that are important to you. Voter guides are available to show voting records of candidates regarding your most important issues. Pray for wise choices then be sure to vote! If you fail to vote then do not complain about election results!

 

“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7: 14)

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.”  (Psalm 111: 10)

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”  (Proverbs 14: 34)

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”  (Proverbs 29:2)

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”  (Romans 12: 1, 2)

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”  (1 Timothy 2: 1, 2)

 

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SOLO COURSES: COURAGE & HOPE

I remember a brief encounter with a young man named Robert that took place at a small airport when I was a student pilot more than 40 years ago. I am not sure why that conversation remains in my memory while so many others have not!

Robert had just flown solo in a small Cessna plane, and I asked him if he had been afraid. He replied, “Just a little,” paused, and added, “…terrifed.” His honesty and way of answering amused me then and brings a smile when I have recalled it through the decades since.

We never carried our conversation further regarding his fear of flying solo nor discussed his motivation to overcome his fear. I assume he continued his flying lessons and became a licensed pilot (although I did not). I imagine more flying solo lead to his fear gradually being replaced by more courage. Robert had flown solo that first time while feeling fearful showed he must have known hope as well.

I know a young sailing enthusiast who has been taking lessons and has sailed solo in a small sailboat. Earlier this year ten-year-old Bella overcame fear and demonstrated courage. While sailing solo and from a sitting position she leaned straight back parallel with the water with her head only inches above the water while controlling the boat as it sailed along.

Photos document her accomplishment, and the look on her face shows exhilaration not fear. It seems that once she performed this courageous action with success, she discovered how fun it was! Trying new activities often shows courage and gives hope in future endeavors.

Today many on our planet face some kind of fear, whether of a pandemic nature, financial loss, political upheaval, relational loss, career risk, personal failure, survival struggles, and on and on goes the never-ending list. Perhaps too often the fears are faced alone, although the healthiest way to cope may be to share with a trusted friend or a professional counselor depending on the degree of fear. Another option not considered enough is to take our burdens to the Lord God.

I do not know Robert’s source of strength and courage. I know Bella believes Philippians 4:13  that says, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” I think that belief gives her courage and hope.

I do not know how I would be able to face this world that is growing darker without experiencing the joy of the Lord as my strength and having a solid Biblical worldview. I know all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose as Romans 8:28 teaches. Such verses give me courage and hope.

I do not know your fears, strengths, or coping methods. I will urge you to seek the One Who created this universe and holds it together for the time being and Who has a plan and purpose for each of us. If you do not know Him nor His teachings please read His Holy Bible and seek Him with an open heart and mind.

You may be surprised to receive much more than courage and hope. With fear to lose, there is faith, love, forgiveness, peace, joy, and more to gain! The good news is that no one must face life solo.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with your whole heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

GRANDDAUGHTER’S BIRTHDAY POEM:  HOPE IN YOUR POCKET

Today is a happy and hopeful day for me. It is my granddaughter’s birthday! This blogpost is in her honor. I do not know who penned the following poem, but it expresses my thoughts for my “bella” Bella.

GRANDMA’S PEARLS OF WISDOM

I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk,
Learned lessons old and new;
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you.

Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad.

Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side.

Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense.

Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold.

Keep hope right in your pocket.
It will guide you day by day.
Take it out when it is needed.
When it’s near, you’ll find a way.

Remember friends and family,
Of which you are a perfect part.
Love deeply and love truly;
Give freely from your heart.

The world is far from perfect;
There’s conflict and there’s strife,
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life.

And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do,
Because you are my granddaughter,
And I believe in you.

(poet unknown)

I especially like the line that says to keep hope in your pocket. To me that means to keep hope near your heart so at any moment when you need it, you will remember and will never become hopeless.

It may not be as easy as pulling something from your pocket, but I think you know it is easy for God to provide anything you need. So if you stay close to Him, His hope will always be there whenever you need it. Be hopeful; believe He will take care of you …now …when you are older …even when you are really old like your grandparents!

Know you are loved — you are loved more than you know! Perhaps you cannot understand how much you are loved until you become a parent or grandparent. Enjoy your youth. Keep hope in your pocket. Have a happy birthday, dear granddaughter!

“For He will give His angels charge concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”  (Psalm 91:11)

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”
(Psalm 139: 13 – 14)

“For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.”  (Proverbs 9:11)

ROMANS 5: TRIBULATION BRINGS HOPE

If we look to the condition of the world today, we see tribulation. However the Bible tells us that tribulation brings hope, and hope does not disappoint. Because we exult in hope, we can exult in tribulation. What?!?!? That may not make sense in our world of pandemic, but God’s ways are higher than our ways. His infinite thoughts are higher than our finite thinking.

Rest assured… He has a perfect plan. There is nothing more I need to say. Let God’s message speak to you today. Keep reading….

Book of Romans, chapter 5, verses 1 – 21:

1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through Whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who was given to us.

6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received the reconciliation.

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned — 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. 16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment  arose from one  transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. 19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(New American Standard version)