We find ourselves on dangerous ground. The attack on free speech is greater than it has ever been in the history of our country. Censorship is not just justified; it's encouraged and championed.
Sometimes an incredible idea or plan may come to me. I might be thrilled and excited about it, only to bring it before God and be told not to focus on it.
There's a temptation to make my words perfect, to make sure that I say things exactly right. I don't want my opinion or ideas to be misconstrued. I don't want to be judged or labeled. It can sometimes be paralyzing.
I've been digging more into a book that I mentioned in a previous post, "The Insanity of God" by Nik Ripkin. It's an incredible read.
In America, we are used to practicing our faith without persecution, but in countries like China, Iran, and others, it is the exact opposite. To them, it's not if persecution will happen, but when.
I read an interesting article this morning in the Epoch Times. It talked about identity politics and how it was like a bad religion. It also got me thinking a little bit. I believe two movements are going on in America
right now. There is the 'woke' movement and, for lack of a better term, what I'll call the 'awake' movement.
God challenges me every day. He calls me to speak to someone or do a task, and what is so often my answer? I'll do it next time or right after I get this done. If I were a character in the Bible, I'd be...
I struggle with doing what I feel God is asking me to do. Sometimes I'll get it done, but I'll finish it late (because my heart won't be in it). Sometimes I'll just procrastinate to the point where I don't get it done at all, or sometimes I'll simply reason my way out of it.
A couple of years ago I read a book titled, “The Insanity of God, by Nick Ripkin. Nik is a missionary who saw firsthand the devastation that happened in Somalia after its Civil War.
I get so focused on filling the hours in the day. There is this spirit that you have to work 50, 60, 70+ hours. That your worth and value is attached to that. That if you don't work that much, then there's no way you can get ahead.
This is a strange year to be celebrating Thanksgiving. Usually, this is a time for us to come together, but not only are we forbidden, we are also more divided than we have been in generations.