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What can I do?


I’ve seen a lot of things on the internet recently, either articles or postings, that seem to be drenched in fear and the need to spread it. I don’t know if people are just focusing on the negative to a point that they fear everything and anything, or if I’m just noticing it in contrast to how I live my life. Trust me, I am realistic and not living a Pollyanna life. I know there is economic crisis, corruption, wars, and evil in the hearts and acts of mankind.

But I also know there is goodness, justice, kindness, and love. I subscribe to focusing on and changing that which is in my power. For example, I have no way to stop the Illuminati from taking over the world (if it exists or if they haven’t already). I cannot tell or affect if aliens are on their way to attack, abduct, or destroy. Nor can I suddenly make religions and countries change their beliefs and interactions with each other. I cannot make politicians be honest or corrupt men change their hearts. And I surely can do nothing if the world is going to end in Dec. 2012 as so many predict and believe.

But I assure you, there is plenty that I can do that actually makes a difference. I can be kind to my neighbors. I can teach my children right from wrong. I can be generous with my time, talent, and treasure. I can encourage the sad and love the lonely. I can forgive those who hurt me and end grudges that I may carry. I can (and do) pray to God and trust in his love. I can make a difference in my life, in my friends’ and family’s lives, and I can influence those that I come in contact with every day.

I read once that there are 365 versions of “fear not” in the Bible – one for each day of the year. Since that book influences me and my life, I find comfort in the fact that there is enough hope and protection to cover my every day. And if I should fall victim to aliens, the Illuminati, or the other evils in the world that people spend their time and energy to purvey, well, I know who wins in the end.

In the meantime, let us pick up our hope and our faith. Let us act in ways that make the world we touch a better place. Let our light shine brighter than the darkness that surrounds. And let us be blessed!

Power and Majesty


There is something about a thunderstorm that I just love. The air feels and smells different from any other weather pattern. Before it even arrives you can see it swelling in the distance. The calm before the storm is almost palpable. The animals scurry differently. The leaves on some trees flip over in anticipation of the drink. The sky is divided into darkness and light and rainbows are sometimes visible.

The combination of the rumble of the thunder, the even beating of the raindrops, and the flashing show of lightning all remind me of the power and majesty of nature. Or, as I believe, it demonstrates the power and majesty of God. Nature is both palette and gallery of the artistry of God.

To me, one of the best parts of weather is that it is one thing on earth that man cannot control. We cannot bribe, buy, dictate, strategize, blackmail, or command it. No one person can claim it’s power or use it as a weapon. It is the great equalizer. And I believe the result of this equalization actually brings out the best in people.

When natural or weather disasters strike, there is no rich or poor who is spared. No race or gender is favored. But rather, we become neighbors and community in a way that other issues and problems do not illicit. In the wake of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and the like we come together to search out those who are in distress so we can make it better. We gain courage to do heroic things for protection and recovery of life. We become more human and humane towards each other.

So today, as my area of the world is pelted with fierce storms, I will pray for the safety of people, animals, and possessions. And I will also bask, just a little bit, in the kindness of strangers that inevitably shows itself.

Be safe and be blessed!