The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.
I had about 15 minutes to sit down during the day today. I sat down with my 2 hour late lunch, put on the tv to not think for a couple minutes, and…there is a Special News Report. And it was not one that made me enjoy sitting down. I took it as a sign that I was not yet supposed to have a break in the day.
A leader of a nation should not directly separate the country. Of course we all have different views. He may be the leader, but his opinion does not reflect the entire country. I give credit to the Republican leaders who are standing up for those they represent. The plan on the table is certainly not one in which the whole country agrees. It is not a plan that is healthy for the country as a whole and for a leader to point fingers at one side because they do not agree with him is appalling. Leaders are supposed to bring their people together, not tear them apart. A confident leader would be able to lead by example, be okay with people disagreeing with him and make a plan to join forces instead of putting the blame on everyone but himself. It is interesting, the book I just finished reading spoke of how leaders can rule with words. They can make people afraid of things they should not fear, make them bold when they should be cautious, and make them feel guilty for not following their lead. Words are powerful things…they can build up…they can destroy.
We all have the capability to discern these words I pray they are pondered before they are followed blindly.
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Hosea 11:10 (NIV)
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.