Hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration!!
When I was an active Firefighter/EMT, I was always running to situations most others were running away from. That’s not entirely true, I never ran. When you run, you risk missing something at the scene that you should not miss. Scene safety was always a paramount concern to Emergency Service Personnel. Regardless of this nuance, the point is I knew my job and the circumstances around me did not change what I needed to do; it only slightly changed how I did it.
I carry this same attitude into my Christian walk. Regardless of what is happening around us, no matter what the rest of the world is doing – it does not change what we need to do; it only slightly changes how we do it. It helps to keep in mind that nothing of what happens in the world is catching God by surprise. You will never hear Him say: “Whoa, I never saw THAT coming!” It seems as though the world is falling apart (I believe it is), we are still called to offer hope, to offer Jesus. In fact, you could make the case that it is more important than ever to offer Jesus to people.
What we are supposed to do is to live for God, first and foremost. We are supposed to live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to Him. Nothing else we do or say matters until we get that part settled. By settled, I do not mean perfect. Remember in the process we call salvation, nothing we do on this side of Eternity will be perfect. We need to understand that we are being perfected, and that there is still room for improvement. This will help us from becoming too critical of others.
Everything that follows will reflect God at work in our lives. And that is pretty cool.