I watch the news. I believe since Trump has been in office all these news outlets have had a boost in ratings. And, I was one of the millions who helped. My poison of choice is CNN and FOX. Its more entertaining than informative these days. Who would have thought that politics would be so interesting? I watch along with family and friends, getting into an occasional debate bordering on argument over who’s right and who’s wrong. I admit that I allow my emotions to get the better of me. Occasionally, I need a self-reboot to remind myself none of it really matters. Sure, I have concerns for my environment. I have compassion for humanity. After all, I live here too. But when it’s all said and done, I care, but I really don’t.
As Christians, what is our end game? We die and go to Heaven. So, why focus so much on the happenings here to the point where we are completely miserable?
The late former first lady Barbara Bush once said “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”
Very true words. But we can take it a step further. Because we know that at the end of a true Christian’s life, we should be resigned to the fact that we are going to our heavenly home. What a magical and wonderful place is must be? It’s so wonderous, we cannot imagine it!
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
My dear brothers and sisters it is hard to avoid becoming engrossed in the world today. My guilty indulgence is debating current events. One of my dearest friends and I have spent many hours discussing the “what ifs” of the world and betting on the outcome of this current administration. We both know that all the hypotheticals in world amount to nothing in the grand scheme of things. We know that God’s plan is the only plan that truly matters (Psalms 33:11).
God wants us to keep our focus. Be strong. It’s hard to have a positive outlook when we focus on things that are not in God’s plan. But, the Lord said that we will have perfect peace if our focus is on Him (Isaiah 26:3).
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, of course this does not mean we keep ourselves in a bubble and commune only in our homes and churches. Never! How can we teach and share the gospel if we do not interact with others? Rather, we live as an example. We resist the temptation to allow this world to change us.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Are we perfect? Of course not! It’s easy to become distracted by what’s going on in the world. It’s good to get involved to a point. We serve our fellow human beings in the form that best fits our lives and personalities. But, we do it always with sharing the message of Christ in mind. Everything we do, we do so that the world will see evidence of the Holy Spirit within.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.