Here in the south (though I'm sure it's more places than here) you constantly hear people say they refuse to talk about religion and politics. (In this blog we're going to hit on both. Mom and I are simple folk, and we have no desire to get caught up in conflicts and conversations we don't pretend to know anything about, so bear with us on this one).
Now Mom and I's question, " How is that so, when every time you turn on the tellie, log onto FB or the POTUS favorite social media tool Twitter you see inflammatory political comments, or the news reporting situations that make you blush for all involved."
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We understand the zeal that drives the human heart to create unimaginable beauty, to write breathe taking sonnets, that leads the mind and heart to add life and meaning to a script from a play. By the same token, this passion when unfettered, or unbridled can wreak indescribable pain and harm to ourselves and others.
Peter in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 gives an example of running a race and the self-control required for winning said race. He closes this example with the statement " But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." Please excuse my paraphrasing but he's careful what he says, and does, so that nothing inflammatory can be linked to his message. I'm certain that Peter was a very passionate speaker, yet he managed to discipline his body, mind and speech. Maybe we should attempt to imitate Peter and try to be respectful of the impact our words and actions could have on others.
When Mom was growing up she went to a rural county school and every morning before class they would recite The Pledge of Allegiance. They would place their hands over their hearts and one child from the class would get the honor of holding the flag.
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
One nation "indivisible". Our prayer for this Fourth of July is that we all truly embrace the idea of one nation indivisible. That we come together with one heart and one mind. I pray for unity, regardless to our political beliefs, that we think back to a time when we all agreed to simply disagree, and went on with our lives and our friendships.
Hopefully the powers that be will see that at this point and time in the history of the U.S. we have certain problems that could be addressed and resolved more quickly if we laid aside our differences and collectively attempted to find solutions, rather than to name call and incite discord.
We need to remind ourselves from time to time that as individuals we can far exceed our own and others expectations, and we can certainly surpass the examples set before us.
Now if we can accomplish all that individually, think what we could achieve together. Aristotle said it best when he said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July dear furiends and friends.
Love and Peace Molly and my Mom
Here's an oldie goldie Mom and I thought of while writing this blog