When you consider some of the things happening in this country (in this world, in fact!), it is quite tempting to throw up your hands in despair! You think, “Give up, lah! Change just isn’t happening. And the same old same old keeps going on.”
Everytime, I come to that point, I tell myself not to lose faith. Just trust God and do what you can do. If somehow things work out our way, we thank God for it; if it doesn’t, then we just have to find the faith to adjust to the reality. Meanwhile, to make me feel better about my life, I look for distractions! Take my mind off the worrying trends!
By “distractions” I don’t mean only frivolous, entertaining activities, though they are included in that category. I mean those activities that yield better and more satisfying dividends as well!
The most significant of all my “distractions” is the time I spend reading the Bible. It gives me the greatest encouragement. It’s a very productive distraction! I often get direction as I read the Bible, and, many, I have shared with you. I have another verse I want to share with you today: “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Rom 15: 7)
Wow! When we accept one another, it somehow facilitates praise to God! I don’t know how that happens but it makes sense to me. When we accept one another, we help to upbuild the other person and that would certainly make us feel good about ourselves and the people we relate with and they too would feel good about themselves. In that feel-good state of bliss, it is natural for us to praise God!
Amazing! Now, to start putting it into practice!