In this time of everybody being mad at everybody and certain politicians trying to divide and conquer us, it is important to note two things. First, God made us all with the exact same love and care. We are equal in his eyes. Second, we all want to be loved and we all love.
I was with a group of mostly Indigenous women lately. We chatted about what worries us. The number one worry was family. Children and grandchildren were on everyone’s list. No one listed Covid or discrimination in their worries
I find this encouraging. Not that they have family concerns and worries. Encouraging because they are examples of living. All the crazy and restrictive rules and all the ways in which fear controls our world, and their worries remain the same. Adult children and grandchildren still need prayers. Young children need support and love. Families need to stick together. In the real world, there are people living their lives and still loving others.
For better or worse family members make decisions. Some are bad decisions and some are good decisions. The consequences of these choices still happen. Life for these women goes on. They laugh they love; they cry, they listen and they teach.
Life goes on and the temptation to be divided is strong. In the United States, there will be an election in a couple of months. How that plays out and if it’s fraudulent no one really knows. But it will happen. And the two choices for President and their supporters will end up dividing the nation. The only cure for a hurt is to heal. The best healing for fragmentation is unity. Love covers a multitude of sins and it certainly can bring together what is now apart.
People still need love. They still die of things not Covid related. People still go to hospitals with broken arms and cuts. The ambulances still run, the firefighters still save lives and property, the police still protect. Weddings still happen. Great things are accomplished and wonderful milestones are achieved. Friendships flourish. Divorces still happen. Drunks still drink and suppers are still served.
Life goes on. The good, the bad, and even the ugly.
And this is worth celebrating. The media infused hysteria hasn’t stopped living. The government rules and guidelines haven’t stopped it either. They sure have made it hard, but they haven’t stopped it.
They way we show love as we serve our neighbors also hasn’t stopped. How we do it has certainly changed and made it much more challenging though.
I think love is the key. Those women showed love for their families as they shared their worries and concerns. When we show homeless people their worth, we show them love. The difference between living in fear and living in love is almost immeasurable.
And the greatest love of all is Jesus. When he lay his life down for them who mocked him and denied his Godliness and gave us a way to enter paradise through his sacrifice, there was and is no greater love.
God is love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8). Sometimes it seems that love divides only because there are those who don’t want it or don’t understand it. And there are those who are so hurt and fearful that they scream hate while inside they really want love
Today there are many voices telling us what to believe and how to live. I choose love. I choose God over each and every voice. Only God is pure and true love. And his love will save the day. One day, his love means Jesus returns. His love means we all have a choice. Accept Jesus and his love. Or refuse Jesus and his love. Just like any other choice, there are consequences.
Life with love is way better than life with fear. Eternity in a paradise of love is way better than an eternity in the darkness of fear.
It’s your choice. As for me and my family, we will choose the love of the Lord. (from Joshua 24:15)
Andy Becker is a retired counsellor and author of The Travelers, a fictionalized account of spiritual warfare (available on Amazon) as is, Stupid Thyroid, a book he co-wrote with his wife, Stella. Andy and his wife, Stella, lead Lighthouse Ministry in North Central Regina, one of Canada’s poorest and roughest areas. He is a retired counselor, speaker, and writer. Andy Becker is working on his second book about spiritual warfare. His first book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.