Friday, May 23, 2008

In Which Direction are You Moving?

As America enters into the Memorial Day weekend, I am thinking about various events that have taken place this past week.

  • The GI Bill passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Thank God.

But no thanks to Representative Denny Rehberg (R) of Montana. Representative Rehberg was one of only a few that voted against America's veterans receiving benefits including a college education. Typical of Rehberg. Hip, Hip, Hooray for America's veterans. Boo hiss for Denny Rehberg.

  • Steven Curtis Chapman's family experienced a horrible tragedy.

Having been involved in the Christian music industry years ago, I met Steven on several occasions and can honestly say that he is truly one of the real deals. He is not one that uses his talent to simply make money off of the name of Jesus (those people are most definitely out there), but his faith is sincere. I'm at a loss for words to write, but one scripture keeps coming to my mind: Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. Times like this one calls for a peace that comes not from our human understanding, but from God who has the power to bring a peace that surpasses our mind as it moves into our heart.

  • Kentucky declared Hillary Clinton their democratic candidate for president and Oregon declared Barack Obama theirs.

The race continues and I think it is a good, good thing. Shame, shame, shame on those calling for Hillary Clinton to quit this race. Quitters never win and winners never quit. Millions of Americans throughout the history of our country have served and fought to protect our rights including our right to democracy. Every voter has the right to cast their OWN vote and for their vote to count.

  • The tragedy in Myanmar is devastating, but their own government's response is even more so.

However, I don't believe the American government can point any fingers. When Katrina hit, her unbelievably incompetent and irresponsible sister KaFEMAtina was not far behind.

The Bible tells us that trials and tribulations are sure to come our way.

And they do come.

And sometimes we rise to the occasion.

And sometimes we do not.

But, it's not in the rising and the falling that we should find our worth or lack thereof.

But rather in the moving forward or moving backward.

Life is not a vertical action, but a horizontal one. We move forward or we move backward. Life goes on no matter what. Life goes on no matter if we are on the mountain top or in the valley.

Tragedy may come. Trials and tribulations are sure to come, but neither tragedy nor trials and tribulations are meant to define us. Only to cause us to move forward or move backward.

The direction in which we move is our choice.

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