In just a little over a week, our sweet Becca is being baptized, and Brad and I are becoming members of our new church here in South Dakota! With all that has been happening in our country this past week, I am ashamed to admit that I lost sight of this upcoming event. It really is a big deal, as we are making the commitment, for the first time as parents, to raise our daughter as a child of Christ.
As I’m sitting here thinking about that, what does it really mean to commit
to raising your child in such a way? Can you just make a one-time promise and leave the rest up to God? Of course, I strongly believe that her life is in God’s hands, and there’s a lot of strength to be found in that knowledge. But, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a job to do as well. God has blessed us with the task of raising a daughter who will serve Him, and that is a responsibility we do not take lightly.
If you follow along with this blog, you may have noticed a lack of these kinds of posts lately. Honestly, I’ve been busy. Too busy to sit down and sift through the emotions and thoughts that have been circling in my mind.
A few weeks ago, I lost my grandpa. He was a huge Cubs fan, so you can only imagine our excitement watching them take the World Series, but also a little disappointment in knowing he wasn’t here to see it. We know he was having a great time celebrating in Heaven though!
My baby girl turned one a week after that, so we switched from a time of mourning to a time of celebration and tried our best to make it a great day for her.
And, then came the stress of the Presidential Election. Man, they weren’t kidding when they said relationships would be hurt over this one. Several have been. It’s hard to watch the country you love so much be completely divided in such a harsh way.
So, as Christians in a divided world, what’s our role? What can we do to ensure that we keep the focus and spread the love?
Today, as I sit and reflect on my own thoughts and feelings about Christians in today’s world, I am taking it back to the basics. And by basics, I’m talking the 10 commandments- God’s rules for us all. What exactly was it that God commands us to do? Because I do believe that many (including myself) have completely lost sight of that.
The 10 Commandments (Exodus 20)
1. You shall have no other God’s before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. You shall not kill.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, wife, servants, or anything belonging to your neighbor.
We know these commandments by heart and we know they are the truth. Moses tells us that the fear of God will keep us from sinning. So, when did we lose that fear? Why do we assume that God is a relaxed parent who doesn’t enforce His rules on us? We have forgotten that our Father has given us the ground rules and there is a punishment for not obeying.
Growing up, we all had rules from our parents. And, many of us feared breaking those rules. Of course we loved our parents and trusted them with our well-being. But, we also feared. We knew there were consequences for disobeying. So, why have we lost that fear of God? Just as our parents do, God loves us so much, too. Enough so that He gave His only Son to die for us. Just as he loves us, he also has expectations for us. And, we should never forget that.
How easy it is to forget, in a time of election, that our candidates are only people. That neither should be held up on the same throne where our Creator sits. That we are all one people under God, and that will not change. While some are worried that the world is coming to an end because of two human beings, scripture tells us we are fearful of the wrong people. Not a single person on this Earth, or all of us combined, will ever be more powerful than our Father. And, that’s a lesson for us all.
So, in the next week, I’m choosing to turn my focus back to the One it should have been on this whole time. And, I encourage you to do the same. Focus on obeying. On trusting. On loving. You will be amazed how much stress and pressure is relieved when you can do that.
Take a break from social media- in fact, take a little break from the media in general. Let yourself refocus. And, remember what God asks you to do. Remember what you can be doing in your own homes right this second. Start today. Start with your own family.
And, if you have found yourself overwhelmed with it all and relationships with others are beginning to suffer, just remember- it’s okay to step away. It’s okay to take a break.
Always remember that there is one King. And, His laws have already been set. His gospel will never change.
Love and blessings to you all!
Have you seen this post How to Overcome the Fear of Bringing a Child into a Cruel World?