What Can You Do to RISE Above the Chaos?
Mark 12:29-31 NIV
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, is one Lord. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
In the midst of the tragedy in Orlando, the somewhat terrifying political arena, the ongoing cyber predators and bullying is worrying. This generation is facing a completely different, internet-obsessed upbringing to the previous one, which leaves them vulnerable to a different type of bullying, and even more worryingly, a large number of predators. Shockingly, 97 percent of teenagers have access to a smartphone and it is so important that these teens are aware of internet safety and how to protect themselves. As well as this scary part of today’s society, court injustices and the daily news of heartbreak are still raging on. Moreover, within my own lifetime, I can think of several court cases that ended in unfavorable outcomes.
Unfortunately, it is no secret that there are always going to be cases of injustice at the hands of judges and justices. However, it is important to remember that once a trial has taken place in court, it is possible to appeal the result. Put simply, if you take a civil or criminal case to court and receive an unfavorable outcome, you still have legal options for a review of your claims. Correspondingly, appellate law is the process of appealing a verdict unfavorable to you up the chain of courts for review. With this in mind, if you would like to learn more about appeal law then you can find plenty of helpful resources online. Ultimately, if you want to appeal a decision, hiring an experienced appellate attorney to handle your case should be one of your first steps.
Above all, there are no doubts about it, we are facing an epidemic time in our generation. It has left me wondering…
Where is all the love?
We weren’t designed for this behavior and treatment toward one another. So what is going on here?
Evil is going on. That is certain. But, what about apathy? To me, that is just as bad.
If you are like me and want to know, “What can I do in my space to help this world and leave it better for the generations after me?” then you and I have to get back to God’s Word.
It is so easy to point fingers at everyone else and all of the godless behavior and think our police, President, world and business leaders are responsible to make our world safer, but the truth is that we each have our part. We need leaders, yes, but that doesn’t let us ALL off the hook for our part that we play.
We must go back to what Jesus said in Mark 12:29-31 He basically answered our question on WHAT CAN WE DO IN THIS WORLD TO SURVIVE THE EVIL AND SIN?
1. Love God with ALL you have.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself.
We can all see that this world is suffering in the area of #2. We see it in both these godless, evil acts and we even see it from the so-called “religious” leaders who mistakenly use their faith as a platform to spew hatred.
In order to more effectively advocate, promote and consistently LIVE OUT #2, we must first learn to do #1. Each of us must take responsibility.
Even as Christians, many of us are GREAT at giving God “some” or “part” of ourselves, but we fail to give Him our ALL.
So, in this series, I just want to dive into what this might be for you.
Below is Part 1, where I simply ask you: What is your ALL?
This isn’t about comparing what you’re doing to what anyone else is doing, but learning exactly who you are and what you have to offer God first, and then the world after. Because, this world needs you.
Some Tips To Lean Into This Study More:
The two questions I ask you to assess about yourself in the above video is:
1. How am I spending my TIME?
2. How am I spending my ENERGY?
#1. To look at what you spend your time doing, I suggest you simply take a pad of paper and pen (or in your phone notes) and jot down what you do all day long in time sections.
6am-630am I wake up and have coffee
630-730 am I watch morning news and scroll through my phone and emails, eat breakfast.
730-830 I shower and head to the office.
830-930 staff meeting
9-10am I scrolled on Facebook and answered 10 emails
So often, we do a lot of “busy work” that we don’t realize is taking away from our productivity. This is not intended for you to judge yourself, but should help you realize just how much time you spend doing certain activities that you may want to cut down so you can make room for those things that you know God designed you to do (spend time with Him, exercise, stretch, rest, read, laugh, counsel friends etc).
#2. To assess your ENERGY, you want to think about what you’re thinking about.
First thing in the AM, wake up and write down what you’re thinking. Then set a timer to do the same 2-3x in the day. Stop and just write down your actual thoughts.
As you get more aware of the thoughts that are driving your feelings and your actions, you will better understand where you internal energy is.
“What gets your mind, gets you.” So simple awareness (again, without judgement) is the place to start!
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