I don’t know about you, but all the anger and craziness that’s out there right now is getting old. I was hoping things would calm down on some of the social media sites I’m on, but it hasn’t gone away. Not to say that we shouldn’t stand up for what’s right or we shouldn’t have the freedom to voice our opinions, but things have gotten way out of hand. Today’s devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth’s blog, addresses the issue and gives us some down home advice on a way that we can help diffuse rather than inflame the emotions of those around us.
“…But what if instead of those angry words and that tirade online we simply go to the person who is standing in our kitchen today and say, “I love you and I am for you”? Or we reach out to someone who is different than us? Because we also fear what we don’t understand. And if we’re spending all our time saying, “here’s my opinion” then we’re not listening, not understanding. Fear wins.
Jennifer asked, “What would it be like if we made a commitment to fight for each other instead of with each other?” It’s a question worth considering if we want to defeat fear. Because if we live with swords drawn in defense then we are always on guard, looking for the next fight, seeing threatening shadows in every corner.
We have a Protector. He is good. He is wise. He is kind. And here’s what we need to know: He hasn’t asked us to be right all the time. He has called us to love. This is the harder, braver choice. Because it requires read more
(c) 2016 Holley Gerth Used with Permission