Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Everyone's a Critic

Good morning, dear friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Another overcast day which was not predicted. I wouldn't mind at all if it would only bring rain, but all in God's timing.

Well, we have a new president-elect and now we all have to pray. "If my people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, then I will heal their land." Not an exact quotation, but close. We used to sing that scripture from Chronicles in choir. Always one of my favorites.

We drove through the Park yesterday and saw the grass was freshly mowed, and lots of people hanging over the bridge railing, looking at a passing gator. I am hoping to walk this morning, before taking Louis for his treatment, which seems to be going well. He has about three weeks more and then, hopefully, we are finished!

From Quiet Moments with God:

Let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful creator in doing what is right.
1 Peter 4:19 NASB

Winston Churchill exemplified integrity and respect in the face of opposition. During his last year in office, he attended an official ceremony. Several rows behind him two gentlemen began whispering, "That's Winston Churchill. They say he is getting senile. They say he should step aside and leave the running of the nation to more dynamic and capable men."

When the ceremony ended, Churchill turned to the men and said, "Gentlemen, they also say he is deaf!"

Most people find it difficult to ignore the brunt of public opinion. It's easier to do things they don't want to do, or not do what they feel is right, rather than stand up for their own desires and convictions. One writer called it "worshiping the god of other people's opinion."

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave people to win them.

Ignoring the god of other people's opinion requires strength and focus. Fortunately, we know the God who can grant us that strength and stand with us as we pursue the paths we feel are right. His opinion is the only one that counts.

Take courage. We walk in the wilderness today and in the promised land tomorrow.
Dwight Lyman Moody

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,