As Big Sweet Pea and I were driving to school last week, I shared how when I was her age, we were going through the drought in the late 80s. I encouraged her not to take for granted the overflowing sloughs now frozen over. They seem so insignificant. Seriously, they are just a body of water that’s frozen in time from winter’s icy breath. Yet, they symbolize the blessings we’ve become comfortable with in this great province. I see that the landscape of our home shows signs of prosperity and the positive impact we’ve had with an honorable man at the helm of this province. Don’t kid yourself for a minute that having a God-honoring premiere doesn’t have a positive effect on the condition of this province. Some may say it’s just a coincidence – and of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion – however, as our premier honors God, we are seeing God’s hand of blessing on our land. This goes for our precious Prime Minister Harper as well. Anytime we honor God, He will ensure His blessing will be upon us!
As I read comments on different media reports, I am saddened by the lack of respect shown to those in authority over us. It is so easy to judge. It is so easy to tear down. Yet, we forget that what we sow, we will reap. I often wonder what that person would feel like if the comment were turned back on them. Of course, there are ways that leadership can improve however, isn’t that the way it is in all of our lives? I’m not perfect. You’re not perfect. Sometimes things slip through the cracks. That’s where living a life of mercy comes in. Mercy triumphs over judgement. Mercy triumphs over a harsh tongue. It triumphs over a mistake or a misdemeanor. Mercy covers a multitude of sins. “We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
One good reminder is this: we are ALL leaders. We all have responsibilities in life in which we lead in some way, shape or form. The next time we are quick to point out a flaw in those in authority over us, let’s be challenged to take responsibility for our own lives and sow seeds of integrity and uprightness.
As we contemplate this fresh start to 2015, it’s time to count our blessings in Saskatchewan, Canada. Truly, we are living in an amazing place and time. Unwrap the gift of living in a blessed province in a blessed country! God keep our land glorious and free. “May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and give you peace.”
“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”
“Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.”
Scripture references: Hebrews 13:17, Ecclesiastes 10:20