How Do We Change The World? A Mom’s Devotion
How do we change the world?
I turn on the news every morning and hear of another horrific act of violence perpetrated by a terrorist group.
I argue with friends on Facebook about who and what are to blame.
I mourn the deaths of innocent men, women and children.
I ask God why.
I explain to my children that there is evil in this world.
As I sit on my front porch listening to my wind chimes sing a pleasant tune, it’s easy to tune out the hate and violence of this world. I live in a slice of heavenly suburbia with sidewalks and cul-de-sacs, but thanks to the internet and the television the reality of my superficial serenity quickly dissolves. I don’t want evil to win, as I have watched it so many times in the past. America is my home, and my way of life didn’t come by walking down the yellow brick road.
My great grandmother fled her home country when the Nazi’s invaded, and narrowly escaped dying in a concentration camp, and my English ancestors believed religious freedom outweighed their nobility and left their comforts and crowns behind in search of freedom. All the freedoms that Americans hold so dear today came at a price. There’s a cost when you want to change the world for good. Innocent lives are being lost because we are not standing up to the evil. We are letting politics, blame, and hate take the place of goodness. We are letting our differences divide us instead of joining together for a common cause.
How do I change the world?
I remember the past and the sacrifices made that allow me to live in a country that values freedom above all.
I pray for all who have lost their lives because Hate outweighed Love.
(All crimes are hate crimes, happy crimes don’t exist).
I acknowledge that there is evil in this world, and overcome it with good.
I look for common ground with those who disagree with me.
I’m going to admit that I’ve made mistakes and said the wrongs things.
I’m choosing selflessness over selfish motives.
If we are going to change the world, we need to start with ourselves. We need to push past our political views and look at the world as the human race instead of the divisions we’ve created. Our changes start on our streets and sidewalks. We will celebrate the good deeds of serving our community, loving our neighbors, and breaking free from our comfort zones. We won’t back down from evil’s threats and violence. We will be unified and armed for battle, and throughout it all we will continue to do good.
Psalm 34:14, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
I Corinthians 13:6, “Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.”
2 Peter 2:16-17, ” Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor (President).
“Dear Lord, Be with the families and friends that lost someone they loved to an evil act of violence. Give them peace and comfort knowing that people they don’t even know are praying and thinking of them today. Be with our nation’s leaders and give them guidance and direction in keeping our country safe from the evil of this world. Lord, I pray that you help me be a person that overcomes evil with good. I pray that you help me put political views to the wayside and choose to love my neighbor. Help me, God change the world for good, and help me realize that change starts within me. Watch over and keep my family, children, community, and country safe. Guide and protect us all now and forever more. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.