The last month has certainly followed the sense of uncertainty that has pervaded 2020 up to this point. It has definitely been a crazy year. I feel like we are all on one of the Alaska crabbing ships in the Bering Sea from “Deadliest Catch”–Up and down, sliding around on the deck as the sea waves billow.
This past week, I was thinking about this and felt the shadow of uncertainty start to come over me again. I was hiking in the morning, and I shifted my thinking to what I do know.
Honestly, uncertainty is upsetting, and I just didn’t want to fixate on everything that’s happening right now. Personally, I don’t believe that the uncertainty is going to settle down any time soon. Therefore, it’s time to stop being tossed around mentally by the talking heads and social media. It’s time to settle in on what is certain.
So, here are 4 of the things that I still have faith in…
1) God is good and His love endures forever. Creation can’t help but evidence this point. Even when things seem bad or evil, events work out to support the fact that God is always good and His love endures forever. If you are in a situation now that seems thick with evil, hang on because things aren’t done. Everything eventually works around to proving God’s goodness.
2) The tipping point in raising children that love the Lord is the engagement of parents. This is the vision behind the existence of Teach Them Diligently. We want to encourage parents to engage with their family in a deeper way. We believe that in homes in which parents are engaged in building a strong relationship and shepherding the hearts of their kids the children are more likely to grow to believe and love Jesus Christ. We also believe that the entire world system is devoted to separating children from their parents. Many of the events and interests that separate us from our children are not evil in themselves, but they do serve the system of separation. Therefore, it’s important that parents are balanced and exercise good judgment when making decisions that eat up time. On this earth, there is nothing children need more than the stability and security from engaged parents that love God, each other, and their children. Therefore, we come to homeschooling as the best way to bring parents’ influence into the lives of their children.
3) Truth always trumps darkness. Nothing destroys darkness and lies quicker than to be set side by side with truth. Therefore, when rumors are flying around about a person, the best way to combat those lies is to face them head on. When darkness is faced with truth it always either runs or stirs up confusion and distraction. Darkness avoids clear comparison to truth every time. Some of you are applying this truth to the political situation right now, but go beyond that. When someone lies about you, go face them head on. Darkness may have a season but truth will always endure. Furthermore, don’t face darkness in anger. You are just aiding in stirring up the confusion and distraction that darkness likes.
4) Thanksgiving is the most powerful force in human terms. As you have heard me say over the last couple of years, thanksgiving is foundational. Selfishness and anxiety cannot come into prominence where thanksgiving dominates. Thanksgiving is also foundational to the Christian walk. When a person comes to believe in the redemptive work of the Cross, there are two mental responses we have that are visible. We repent from our sin because we realize that we are a against God and need to turn away from whatever evil we have in our life. Also, when we believe and are convinced of our sin. We understand that we did nothing to be worthy of the Cross.
Therefore, it is a gift and we are thankful. Don’t get me wrong…salvation comes through faith and believing in who Christ is. However, your belief is visible in repentance and thanksgiving. When cultivated, thanksgiving will multiply into the Fruits of the Spirit and all kinds of other positive attributes associated with a walk with Christ. Right now, I think the world needs more thanksgiving.
Tomorrow, we will be releasing a pre-order page for our new Transform Journal on Thanksgiving Psalms. We really believe in this journal and know it will help everyone that goes through it to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving.
As I mentioned last week, Thanksgiving is the Action of the Gospel!
So, remember where your citizenship truly is! This world some day will pass away for one more glorious and just and peaceful, and we will be there.