Thursday, October 30, 2014

I Elect -- 11 Choices Beyond the Voting Booth

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“So revere Jehovah and serve him in sincerity and truth. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Worship the Lord alone. But if you are unwilling to obey the Lord, then decide today whom you will obey. Will it be the gods of your ancestors beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites here in this land? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
~ Joshua 24:14-16, TLB ~

I don't know about you, but I will be SO glad when this election season is over with!  All of the ads with dark, scary music playing in the background, as the serious voice over tells you that one candidate's opponent is a puppy juggler or zebra tickler, are enough to make a citizen crazy.  Politicians make big promises and warn of dire consequences if they are not voted into office every. single. election.  

Honestly, although have friends who hold political positions, I put my hopes in THE One True King.  Any other expectations of human leaders are bound to be met with disappointment eventually.  Just look at how much darker this world grows every day!

So to take the focus and turn it to where it should be, I made this little list...

  1. To BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the Son of God made flesh, who died on the cross for my sins, and rose from the dead to secure my future in heaven.
  2. To TRUST that God knows me better than I know myself, and that He know what is best for me.  He always has my good  in mind.  I can trust Him with my children, their needs, and their futures.
  3. To LEAVE my greatest fears and worries with God, KNOWING that He is big enough to handle every concern.  He can carry the angst about medical bills, school issues, and world peace.
  4. To REST in the assurance that any trial I may face can and will be recycled for my good and God's glory.  He calls me friend and does not endeavor to harm me.
  5. To AGREE that I am Christ's ambassador, here temporarily, being used by Him to push back the darkness of this world, on my way to my heavenly home.
  6. To REJOICE that there is a Leader who is smarter and more capable than all of the doctors, lawyers, and geniuses of all time combined.
  7. To BE THANKFUL for every grace, every blessing, every good gift that God pours over me in addition to my undeserved salvation.
  8. To live a life SET APART from this world, being conformed more to the likeness of Christ through every trial, and looking less and less like my fleshly self. 
  9. To OBEY my Maker, because He is God, and I am not.
  10. To REJECT this world's standards of worth, beauty, success, importance, valuing God's criteria instead.
  11. To LOVE and FORGIVE, even when it's not easy, realizing that I owe people nothing less, because I am loved and forgiven by God.
What would YOU add to the list???

PRAY:  LORD, I chose you over this world.  Keep my eyes fixed on your glory and your business, without being distracted by those wrestling for power in this life.

~ Barb Dittrich

1 comment:

  1. Hallelujah, Barb! He is our King and he will NEVER let us down!!!