So I googled the word frustrated tonight and this is one of the pictures I found:
I have to admit…it made me feel a little bit better. Look at that face! I had a post all ready to go for today. I wrote it yesterday. I usually pray before, during, and after a post before I actually “publish” it. I finished it pretty late last night and wanted to sleep on it before posting it today. I got sidetracked this morning by an article someone posted about the church and gay people. There were a slew of comments after the article. I have to tell you…reading those comments I was ashamed to call myself a Christian. I couldn’t stop thinking about it…and it made my heart heavy.
There is nothing wrong with having a strong opinion. There is nothing wrong with standing up for what you believe in and being very passionate about it. It is, however, wrong to tear other people down when discussing your stance on something. The name calling and strong language is just wrong. The funny thing is that the people who have the strongest opinions assume a lot (you can tell by what they say) and they really have NO CLUE what they are talking about.
When I read posts like I did today, it always makes me question if I’m doing the right thing by having this blog. Is this really what God wants me to do? Did I hear Him right? Will it ever really make a difference? As I was pondering these questions, God showed me these verses (in the translation that I have listed):
1 Timothy 1:12 – New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,
Zephaniah 3:17 – New International Version (NIV)
17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Thank you for the reminders Lord. This was the verse He led me to before I started the blog:
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 – The Message (MSG)
13-14 Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.
As the Tenth Avenue North song says…”Empty my hands, fill up my heart, capture my mind with you”
I’m going to keep on keeping on….
Love each other…you know why (smile)