It’s election day here in the United States, and there are many things on my mind. Will my candidate win? Will this country ever be united again? Or will we continue down this deep divide that we have seen since the Bush vs. Gore election of 2000?
If the other guy wins, will this country be headed for a downfall? Will my kids and their generation be able to pay off the national debt? What will life look like for my kids and grandkids? Are we in the end times?
But then I take a deep breath and remember that God is still on the throne. He is in control, no matter who wins the election. I could worry, fret, and complain while I wait for election results, but what would that teach my children? It would teach them that their future is dependent on a leader of a country. And the truth is, their future is not dependent on the President. Their future is dependent on God, who has all of their days numbered. God, who knows all. The One who knew the outcome of the election before the first vote was cast.
Their future is in God’s loving hands. And so is mine. No matter who is elected today, God still cares deeply about each one of us. Nothing that happens is outside His control.
So what am I going to do? Well, I’m going to stay up late watching the election results, just because I’m into that sort of thing. But no matter who wins, I’m going to keep living my life, serving God to the best of my ability.
My husband reminded me tonight that although we may not be able to control the outcome of the election, we can control how we live as Christians. How we raise our family. How we serve others.
It’s not in my power to bring the entire nation together. But it is in my power to make sure my priorities are in the right place by putting God first, others second, and myself at the bottom of the list. I may not make a difference in a big way, but I can be a blessing to those who know me.
Change begins with the baby steps we take individually. And this election day, I am committed to placing God in authority over my life, my home, and my country. As for who is elected President? It’s not going to affect how I view my future.
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