Tonight I participated in an online meeting with 35 other people from Illinois who want to see our country get back to the principles upon which this country was founded. The meeting was hosted by The National 912 Project (aka N912P). I can’t begin to tell you how inspiring this meeting was to me.
I have been so displeased with the direction our state and federal government have been heading. And I have felt that the problems were too big to ever change. Besides, what can one or two or even a thousand people do to stop a train barreling down the track toward socialism? I have thought “Should I even try to do anything? Maybe it is useless. After all, my hope is not in the USA. My hope is not in this world. My hope is in Jesus Christ and He will be returning one day to take His people to heaven. So maybe I should just wait and pray.”
I have wrestled with wanting to make sure I have my priorities right because, above all, I want to be serving God in His way in this life. Too many times I have been so “heavenly minded” that I was no earthly good. Too often I have looked past the work under my nose (such as my family) in order to serve God in some grandiose way. But, over the years, I have learned that my work is usually meant to be done quietly and faithfully, and often without recognition by those closest to me.
And, politics is such a dirty business, isn’t it? I hate to even talk about it, much less do anything about it! It is so argumentative and divisive. Nobody listens to anyone else’s point of view….it seems to be nothing more than a shouting match sometimes. I really want to avoid foolish arguments and I seek to maintain a peaceful heart.
There are many efforts being made at this time in our history to get this country back on track. I have joined many websites dedicated to this purpose. I have signed petitions, called, faxed, and emailed my representatives in Washington. I even went to a tea party. But I have felt as though I was beating my head against a brick wall. My representatives could care less what I think. There is no changing their minds. And so I am going to quit wasting my time beating my head against the brick wall that is Washington DC. And I think I will quit signing petitions and making phone calls. Instead I plan to work in a different way now…..a more peaceful way.
This more peaceful way of working to bring about change I am learning from some great minds at The National 912 Project.
I could not relate all the wise information that was conveyed in tonight’s meeting, but I can tell you that, for the first time in years, I can see that there is work that I can do that is basically right under my nose (that’s usually where it is) and it is peaceful work, not contentious or stressful. And, most importantly, I can do it in good conscience.