Hey, World. It’s me…just a rather simple Midwestern, American mama. Here’s the deal. I have three children that I’m raising; three children who have already been handed a loss in life. Please, for the sake of these kiddos, get yourself together.
I have found myself bothered…okay, maybe a little more than bothered…by what is going on. Chaos, confusion, bigotry, violence, lack of compassion, and death seem to be the words that I am describing you right now. I know that these words do not make up the sum of what you are, but when considering the future of my babes; my heart just seems to be so incredibly dampened by these things.
Jesus asks us to go into the pits of the despair of others, but are we truly doing that? Jesus asks us to reach out to strangers, care for foreigners, show mercy, and pray for our enemies, but are we really heeding these directives?
Christians should be rising up, but are we? Have we surrendered to the flesh? Are we more concerned and confused by the political and social chaos of the world? What about harvesting the fields? What about salvation?
Fear, and the intense need to store up our own blessings, seems to have taken over. The battle of the flesh seems to be so present, but is the battle truly of the flesh? The flesh is just that…flesh. Have we forgotten who the enemy really is?
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
It breaks my heart to see children starving, sleeping on the streets, bartered and traded for selfish satisfaction, and forgotten. It is easy to blame the flesh. It is so incredibly effortless to look at each other and think, “They are the ones causing this.” But again, is our battle really against the flesh? Do we truly believe that? After all, it is man who acts out the depravity of circumstances.
It is time for a reality check. If you think that this battle against all the angst, violence, and craziness of the world is one that dwells within skin, then perhaps we have a lot more to worry about. It is time for some serious need of prayer. It is time to consider the true direction our Earthly home is heading, and who the real enemy is.
Hey, World. It’s me…just a rather simple Midwestern, American mama. Can we all just take a collective time out? While chaos surrounds us, our children still deserve to grow up without fear. ALL children deserve this. From the children tucked away safely in their beds, to the ones scrapping for food on the streets, and to the children harbored away in a refugee camp…they ALL deserve to grow up, experience life, and live without fear. They all deserve the opportunity to share their gifts to this world.
If there was ever a time to pray and be a witness of light and love to others, it is now.
Hey, World. Get yourself together. I’ve got children to raise.
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
1 Timothy 2:8