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What My Daughter Reminded Me Last Night {thoughts after the election}

This morning I woke up (after having stayed up way into the early hours of the morning watching the election results roll in), and found lots of notifications, comments, and blog posts commenting on the results of one of the most unexpected, historic election nights in the history of this country. Wherever you fell on things during this election, several things are still true today…

You are still alive. You are still here for a purpose. You are still called to love.

Who is in the oval office is of no mind to those who want to live lives of love and hope in Christ, because our hope is not in kings or presidents. It’s in the name of the Lord.

Some trust in chariots and horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7

Last night as I was putting my daughter to bed, she asked me something seemingly strange, “Mom, why can’t we see ourselves with our eyes unless we look in the mirror?”

I quickly answered her, “Well, that’s the way God made us.”

But then a deeper thought occurred to me, and I told her,

“God made us to look out from ourselves to see others. We can see parts of ourselves, our hands and our feet, but our eyes were made to look out and see around us.”

Today we have a chance to look out from ourselves, whether you are happy or sad with the outcomes of the election, and really see others. We have the chance to be Christ to a truly hurting and scared world.

Already this morning I have seen so much fear and sorrow from people who put their hope and vote in Hillary; people, who were made in the image of God, are hurting and scared.

Let’s see them today. Really see them, love them, care for them, and pray for them.

I’ve seen people ecstatic that Trump won. An incredibly flawed man who has risen to the highest office.

Let’s see him toady. Acknowledge what has happened, and pray. Again, whether you are happy or not with the results, he is now the future president of the United States, and he needs us to pray.

The road ahead is unknown, but my hope was never in being with her or him. No, my hope has been resting on a surer foundation for some time now. My my mind is set on my King who is above and is ruler of all.

Today, how you act, how you respond, how you engage with others, matters. It matters to the larger world around you, and it matters to the smaller world around you.

Your kids. Your friends. Your family.

They are watching what you say. They too are equipped with eyes that were made to see and look out.

Make sure today the things they are seeing and taking in from you with their eyes are pointing them to a greater hope, a sweeter song, and truer satisfaction than this world can offer.

Let’s walk this unknown road together, in love, trusting the one who has laid it before us.

love-one-another

 

 

 

 

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