Our Responsibility in 2013 and beyond

One of my children has developed an interest in genealogy. It is fascinating to see how the choices made by my parents, my grandparents, and even my great grandparents have had an effect on me and my family. Our choices have consequences for good or for evil. I saw this again when as a family we studied the history of Jamestown, VA and Plymouth, MA. The impact the forefathers of our country have had on us all really struck me. Four hundred years ago, a bunch of imperfect men and women endured incredible hardship and obstacles to lay a foundation for our nation’s stability and prosperity that still last today. Yes, they had problems but it is who undergirded them that allowed them to be successful. The problems we have faced as a Nation the last few years although seriously weakening us have not left us utterly destroyed. The impact of those who have gone before us is still at work, but if we neglect to maintain what they gave us and allow the foundations to crumble we also will crumble. To whom much is given much is required. We must not forget that generations from now they will look back to what we did as we look to those that have gone before us.

WE ARE THE PAST TO THE FUTURE

Living in America is an incredible blessing. People from all over the world desire to come and stay here. We can easily forget how good we have it if we focus on the problems and the failures instead of on the blessings. There is an old song that I taught my children when they were younger that went like this:

Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done!

Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

When was the last time we went hungry? When was the last time we were without a roof over our heads or heat, air conditioning, vacations, jobs, running water, friends, safety on most streets, a car or two in the driveway and I could go on and on. Yes there have been times that some have struggled and experienced lack but in America most of us still have the freedom to take responsibility for our lives. We do not have to be victims of our situations and circumstances. Embarking on a study of our nation’s history, our family discovered that what we have here is quite amazing and rare. One reason for this is that since our humble beginnings 400 years ago we, as a nation, have acknowledged the God of the Bible as the power that preserves us a nation. Our money, our anthems, and our government buildings have a phrase that shows up everywhere: “In God we trust”. We are a Christian nation, a Christian nation that, for the most part, until recent history has not been ashamed to identify with Jesus Christ.

David, a man in the Bible said it this way, “Lord give me enough that I do not hunger and curse you but don’t give me so much that I forget where it comes from.” We must not forget. When the terrorists on 9/11 attacked our country the churches swelled in attendance, and even our elected officials joined hands and had a prayer meeting on the Capitol steps. Will it always take a crisis to get us to turn to God? God has given us the freedom to choose to follow Him. He does not force us but He does love us enough to get our attention.

In the Bible, there was a man who led his nation for many years into the land that God has promised them. Through many very difficult and trying circumstances he seldom wavered in his trust of God. His name is Joshua. Towards the end of a long and blessed life he gathered all the people of his nation together. Noticing that they seemed to be forgetting Who had given them the Promised Land and where all the blessings of prosperity and safety came from he challenged them with the following:

And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve….but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15

Joshua, like the people he was talking to, had a choice to make. His life reflected one that trusted God in almost every way. I daily have the same choice. I wish I was more like Joshua but praise God that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, not to condemn us but to forgive us. His forgiveness is available to all who come admitting their need and asking Him for it. The choices we make have eternal impacts on both ours and others futures.

We are the past to the future. May 2013 be your best year ever.

Published in: on July 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

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