Man I love October! Breast Cancer Awareness month is one of my favorite awareness causes. I have to admit, it could be my favorite, if that’s possible to even have a favorite awareness cause. I’ve had some very near and dear people who have died from breast cancer, so I really do want people to know more about it. I do want to support the cause.
But, I’m kind of annoyed with myself. Am I really supporting the cause the way that I can? Posting a picture is cool, wearing pink every day is nice, but when am I going to do more?
Every little bit does help. I do believe in that. But isn’t there a time when our little bit should become more when we have the ability? I may not have more money to donate, but if there’s one thing I’m currently not short on, no matter how much I want to believe I am, it’s time. So why don’t I make the time to spread awareness?
The question must be asked, do we like to make others aware when it’s convenient for us? It’s easy to support the cause when all you have to do is change your profile picture. Who doesn’t LOVE all the new shirts they come up with every year? I mean, who doesn’t enjoy posting how nice the football players look in their pink on Sunday? But in the meantime, what are we doing? And not just for breast cancer, but for such worthy causes in general? Can we do more?
Why get married? That’s been the question. If you can have a support system and companionship without sexual immorality, why get married?
To me, it’s obvious that God created marriage for more than just the right to have sex. In fact, I believe that if He didn’t create marriage for more than that, we wouldn’t see so many failed marriages. Satan attacks marriages and families because they are the most powerful foundational relationships God created between human beings.
But, in response to the original question, I have a question. What if we aren’t living up to our potential to know why God has given some of us a spouse? The Bible says that a wife of noble character will help her husband (Proverbs 31:12, NLT). But, what if he’s not living up to his full potential to know why he needs the help a virtuous wife? Perhaps that’s the real question we need to ask.
I don’t believe that people have to get married, but I do believe that there is a purpose behind marriage. Married couples are supposed to build one another up in their walk with God. And if spouses aren’t living up to their full potential, then it’s easy to wonder what the purpose of your marriage is. When you’re not in a situation or position where you need the support that only a marital spouse can provide, it’s easy to believe that any support would do.
If God blesses you with marriage, great. If He blesses you with singleness, just as good (1 Corinthians 7:7). Whatever He blesses you with, just know that if you’re not operating out of your full God-given potential, it can easily seem like a curse.
Write a list of your 10 favorite doors. Where do they lead?
- Door of Opportunity (Secret Door) – This door is often unvisited.
- Door of the Past (Back Door) – This door is revisited too often.
- Door of Failure (Closet Door) – It is always a choice to visit this door.
- Door of Rest (Bedroom Door) – This door’s necessity is underestimated.
- Door of Fruitfulness (Pantry Door) – This door is full of productivity.
- Door of Refreshment (Refrigerator Door) – This is an alternative rejuvenation from the bedroom door.
- Door of the Future (Front Door) – This door is one that people fear walking through.
- Door of Freedom (Car Door) – This door is the freedom to be whatever and go wherever, but is often not taken advantage of.
- Door of Support (Parent’s House Door) – This is the door that holds the most sincere support.
- Door of Limitlessness (Attic Door) – The Doors of Future and Opportunity and Limitlessness are one in the same, but too often I am afraid to visit them to know this truth.
You know, I believe that we should get tired of seeing everybody else living out their dreams. By no means am I saying be unsupportive or hate their success, we all know I’m about success and support. But at some point we should get tired of seeing everybody else achieve their dreams, and still just watch it from the sidelines.
Where is our own desire to do the same for ourselves? We should certainly get tired of seeing everybody else achieve our dreams. I believe we all have dreams and hopes and ambitions for a reason. And I believe that when they are good and helpful to God’s Kingdom, society, and others, that they are the most important dreams that we can have. And something in us should stir when we sit and watch people do the things that we’ve dreamt of doing ourselves.
Eventually something in you should I say I want to achieve my dreams and I don’t have time to watch anybody else right now achieve their own. Not to say that I don’t want to be supportive or that I can’t be, because I truly can be. I can be happy when people reach their goals, but eventually I should get tired of seeing everybody else reach their goals, and still not reach my own because I’m not trying and I’m not working at them. Therein lies the issue.
At some point in your life you should want to stop being the person that’s full of potential and start living out the potential that you want people to invest in. Eventually the person you could be is not going to be enough and you need to start being that person.
I don’t really get into political debates. It’s not a whole lot of productivity that comes from them. In the end, most of the time, we just have to resolve to disagree. The big issues for you aren’t the big issues for me, and for that reason it can be difficult to come to common ground. It’s OK. It happens.
That being said I’m not a Trump fan. I’ve never been one, long before his political career even started. I’m not an avid Clinton supporter either. And sadly, most people aren’t either one. And it’s scary that this is what we’ve come to. “Anybody but President Obama,” right? Well that’s about what we’ve got now. Anybody…
I will say this. It has always at least been realistic that Mrs. Clinton could possibly be a Democratic nominee and/or President. Whereas, Trump running and becoming President has always been a joke. That in and of itself is scary to think that a person we joked about being President actually has a shot now.
But in all this, what I want to say is that we have to not stereotype one another. Election time gets ugly, and while entertaining, I feel it is a time when America’s flaws are brought to the forefront. It’s a time when we really see backbiting and a country that is supposed to be one nation under God become something far from it.
I must say, in this election season and the many to come, remember: All Republicans aren’t bad, and all Democrats aren’t bad. It’s just unfortunate that the majority of those who represent us aren’t doing so good.