How are you faring? 2020 has been quite the year. I'm finding myself oscillating between wanting to hide under a rock, head for the hills, and wanting to hit the battlefield (becoming a keyboard warrior against all the verbal slander, untruth, injustice and inconsistency floating around).
I'm all for spreading the word. (I mean, that's what I do for a living.) I'm also for prudence, health, justice and compassion.
But, oh wow!
I've seen people be caring, sharing, loving and prayerful. (Things I try desperately to hold on to and concentrate on.)
I've also seen the worst in people.
"But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty." 2 Timothy 3:1
"For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." 2 Timothy 3:2-4
"having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people." 2 Timothy 3:5
"You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness..." 2 Timothy 2:10
Think about this list.
That's a tall order! These qualities take a strength of character and a lot of courage.
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 16-17
With the right perspective, firmly grounded in the Word of God, we can actually become excited about some of the things we see around us.
While people are being constantly reminded of cleanliness and consideration, hopefully the next cold and flu season won't hit so many people so hard. Hopefully more people are becoming concerned about living a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy foods and becoming more active.
While protests become more pronounced, hopefully people are seeing the importance and blessing of praying together and for each other. Hopefully people will be encouraged to boldly stand up for their God-given rights and begin (or renew) communication with their elected leaders.
Now for some encouragement. Here are some of my favorite things this week:
- Traditional Cooking School is an online cooking school created by Wardee Harmon to honor her grandmother’s cooking traditions and preserve them so that future generations can enjoy the health benefits, flavors and fun of traditionally prepared foods. She has a wonderful blog with tons of free recipes and information.
- Do you or your children want to learn how to draw but you have no idea how to teach them? Beyond the Stick Figure step-by-step lessons will take you from drawing stick figures to realistic masterpieces in an open and go, easy to use format.
- Danielle Tate tackles setting up a nursery on a budget and shares some money saving kitchen organization ideas.
On YouTube our family has enjoyed:
- The Bible Project shares a fully animated series tracing key biblical themes from their first appearance through the entire narrative of the Bible.
- Shadiversity tackles some medieval misconceptions about medieval men wearing dresses and whether they could actually fight in them.
- Overly Sarcastic Production has some WONDERFUL condensed and fun history. (Warning, there is a little language.)
While you are contemplating the state of the world, remember Jesus' commandments to Love God with all your heart, strength, soul and mind and Love your neighbor. Everyone can find one kind thing to say or do for someone else each day. And, of course, lets pray for the nation and the world, remembering this is not our home.
Scriptures are ESV from BibleGateway.com