That’s a questions we all ask at some time or another in our lives. So often, when things happen, we start pointing fingers. We blame our government. We blame our teachers. We blame our parents. We blame our friends. We blame God.
We don’t want to take responsibility for ourselves.
I told a student the other day that sometimes we have to stop and examine ourselves, look to see what part we had in a problem. I told her that its tough to do that because we don’t want to see ourselves as imperfect – But we are.
We fail miserably in so many ways. Yet, God loves us so very much.
Because He is so very good.
And I know what you’re doing right now…..you’re asking “Why did He let —- happen?”
Friend, I know that God can place his powerful hand in each disastrous moment and stop it. I won’t pretend to know why He doesn’t.
I do know this….
In this life, we are given choices. The first choice came in Eden. Eve had a choice, and she didn’t choose God. Since then, we’ve all had choices…..We’ve had choices to make concerning friendships, relationships, and marriages. We’ve had choices to make concerning our education. We’ve had choices to make concerning drugs, alcohol, pornography, and gambling. We have a choice in abortion, infidelity, theft, and integrity.
The bottom line…. We have a choice. We need to consider why we made the choices we did. In the choices that we make, we must choose God.
My time is up….I didn’t want to make this a political post, a post about gun control or not. We are free to choose what we believe, and I want to share what I believe……
We have a choice in our behaviors. We have a choice in our parenting. We have choice in our marriages. We have a choice in our work places. As a teacher, I have been blamed and accused for things that have hurt deeply. I’ve been accused of being a racist just because a black child lied and refused to do work or said nasty things to another student. I’ve been told I wasn’t much of teacher because I didn’t have children of my own. I’ve been told that being in my class was like being on the front lines of war because I made kids behave in my class. I’ve been told that it was MY job to pack up 10 year old kids each day and make sure they had everything to take home because the parents didn’t have time to teach responsibility and check backpacks. I’ve been told it was my fault that a child failed a test even though the child never behaved in class or did classwork or homework. I’ll admit, I’m not a perfect teacher. I will take responsibility for my actions and I will help and encourage and be there for each and every student from the day they walk into my door until the day I die. Yet, I ask this…..when does it become the parents’ responsibility to make sure their kids are behaving? When does it become the parents’ responsibility to teach integrity and kindness and empathy? When does it become the parents’ responsibility for teaching children right from wrong, teaching them coping skills for those times when life isn’t fair?
Until people have a change of heart, no amount of laws will change our world.
Until people have a change of heart, abortion won’t stop.
Until people have a change of heart, children will be abused and killed.
Until people have a change of heart, our world will continue a downward spiral straight to hell.
We’ve told God to go away, that we are good enough. We’ve told Him we don’t need Him (until we do). We’ve encouraged our husbands to spend their free time drinking with their beer buddies. We’ve encouraged our wives to shop til they drop. We’ve encouraged our children to work endless hours to get on that ball team or dance team. We’ve spent so much time away from God that we have forgotten how good He really is.
To change this world, we must first change ourselves. Our hearts must be right with God. We must grow each and every day in our relationship with Him. When we preach the gospel message, all too often we preach only about salvation. We don’t preach or teach the redemption story of a relationship….a relationship for the here and now that will change us. Y’all, this life is hard…..Jesus said it would be…..and part of that glorious gospel story is what gets us through this life. We can’t just trust Jesus for our salvation, we have to trust Him with every thread of our lives. Nothing is too big or too small for Him. He wants all of us.
Once we are changed, our homes will change. Our communities will change. You see, when we are right with God, when HE is the CENTER of our lives, our other relationships fall into place. We become the spouse we were created to be. We become the parents we were created to be. There becomes a ripple effect. True lasting change starts with each of us having a strong personal, growing relationship with Christ.
So, instead of us asking “Why,” maybe we should ask did we allow God to influence the choices we made.
Will you join me in praying for hearts to be changed, for the lost to be saved, for the saved to put Christ first in their lives each and every day?