APATHY OR VICTORY?
I am sitting in front of my computer, contemplating the changes I
have seen in my life time. Some changes
are absolutely phenomenal; other changes downright scary.
Since I am a bonafide, gray-headed granny with 15 grandchildren
and 2 greats to prove it, I have my own
tales of “I remember when...”). Yep, my
mom received her bottles of milk delivered to the front door, in glass bottles
with cream on top. If I wanted
blackberries with that yummy whipped cream, I went across the street and picked
a bucket full of berries. Being careful,
of course, to avoid the bumble bees and brambles. Now we pay an outrageous price for a box of
berries that barely fills a cup. There are so many stories, but time does not
allow for their tales.
I must admit that I am now caught up in this “tech world.” I can’t believe it, just the other day, I
bought some rhubarb (shades of mom’s garden) and instead of looking up her
time-honored recipe, I googled one on the internet! Worse yet, I went shopping and left my iPhone
on the table, almost causing me a panic attack!
So much for the “good old days!”
Only an hour ago, I read an article stating: “As far as literacy
goes, technology is probably one of the biggest challenges we face in the 21st
century. Because everyone is so focused on the digital world, the average
American home is no longer as print-rich
an environment as it was 30 or 40 years ago. This change has had a negative
impact on literacy” (Erickson Living Tribune, August
2012). So true! It goes on
to state that many parents are no longer introducing their children to books
and the number of parents who read to their children, five years and younger,
is rapidly diminishing.
Not only is our digital world changing our reading habits, but
our life in general. Some of it very
good, but unfortunately, not all is so good.
I believe too many children are spending too much time in front of TV
(watching negativity), computers (perhaps wasting precious time and
experiencing temptation), playing digital games or texting on cell phones
etc. I am sure I just made myself
popular (not). The digital world can be
addicting. I know I could carry this
thought further (regarding the digital world our children live in today), but I
will hasten on.
However, the matter that concerns me most, is the apathy that is
becoming increasingly apparent in the Christian community and our nation. We are living in the greatest nation in the
world and in one of the most exciting times.
Now is the not the time to be sliding backward.
What is apathy according to the dictionary? Lack of emotion; lack of interest; listless condition;
The by-word today is “busy.”
We hear it all the time, and we exclaim it ourselves. How often are
we so busy in our own schedules, busy in church, busy taking care of our
families that we seem to be too busy for God?
we true examples to the lost community of the love and kindness of Jesus? Are we so much like the world, in personal
example and our homes (and churches), that there is no difference between us
and the guy down the street who never darkens the door of a church? Is this due
to a lack of a personal and real relationship with the One Who saved us and
is so easy to be busy; yes, even in church ‘service,’ but what God desires, is
our heart towards Him first. If He has
our heart, our service will be generated out of our love for the Almighty One,
Creator of the Universe for we will allow Him to work through us.
Lord looks for our praise and thanksgiving. He deserves our worship. Look at
what The Lord has done for us? Every
thing! He kept us from Hell when we
accepted Jesus; He promises us an abundant life and told us that He would
supply all our needs and Heaven too. Any
one can go to church. We all can stay
busy. Could it be that our world is in a
mess (and much of it is) because of our own apathy towards God? Are we afraid to say we love Jesus? In some parts of the word, Christians are
martyred for their faith. We might be
running there quicker than we think in America unless we cast all our cares,
including self, upon God, allowing Him take control so that He can change the
world through us. When we surrender our
little world to God, God will expand us, thus making a difference to those who
want you to know that I talk to myself first.
Christians, we can turn apathy around, individually. How? Go back to the basics. What basics, you may ask?
thanksgiving, praise and worship to our Lord and Savior.
*Daily Loving our Bibles and searching the Scriptures for
guidance. (We will find
such rich treasure in the most precious book
we have in our possession.)
on the fact that God loves us with such an unconditional, unfailing
love, just they way we are! This will positively change your heart and
mind for it
causes us forget about ourselves. Speak to yourself what God says you are
according to His Word. It is amazing how our thoughts will change
and a joyful heart
We can’t make God loves us more by any action or service and we can’t
make Him love us less by a sinful
life-style. A personal understanding of
love will cause us to want run to toward Him.
forgive others. Forgive yourself. Stop judging others.
*Daily surrender our will to God’s.
You will never, ever, be sorry.
It is the pathway to love, joy and peace. It is preparing oneself for a heavenly
there be heartaches and challenges in life?
You can bank on it as long as we are in this world. However, we can have victory that overcomes
the world through any circumstance.
know that most of you know the following Scripture. Let us unite our hearts to make it a mighty
proclamation and prayer for the United States of America. This is antidote for
If my people, which are called by my name, shall 1) humble
themselves, and 2) pray, and 3) seek my face, and 4) turn
from their wicked ways; (Now comes the mighty
promise) then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
to apathy. Hello to victory in Jesus.