It’s the day after our 2020 election. As you might imagine, I wrote this blog several days ago and if I had to guess, we still don’t know who our president will be for the next four years. Given the division within our country, i.e. the election, COVID, race issues, the riots, hopefully we can start experiencing some healing…God Bless America!!!
In the 2+ years that I’ve been writing these blogs, the most ever opened was “Tom Brady Isn’t Jesus Christ”. My point there was the emptiness of the false gods that so many of us are victim to, whether people, possessions, prominence, or pleasures.
The point is different here. So often, people put so much emphasis on what takes place in our world or our country and the impact it’s going to have on them. It is often looked at as “make or break”, extremely positive or extremely negative. Examples might be climate change, the economy, immigration, or world affairs. The presidential election is a good example, where we look to one candidate or another as our savior, the one to save the world from its woes, to save us individually. Neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden is Jesus Christ.
Don’t get me wrong; I strongly believe that there’s one political philosophy that makes much more sense for the United States and its citizens…the same philosophy that is more consistent with the teachings of the Church. That said, I don’t see either presidential candidate as the “be all and end all”, nor either political philosophy. That’s because I know my “why” and I know my “who”. I know there’s something greater!!!
There’s Something Greater
Let’s start with the latter first. I know that I’m a beloved child of God, made in His image and likeness, made by Him with special talents, designed for a specific purpose. I know joy and fulfillment, while living the path to peace, which is surrender, gratitude, humility, and love.
My “why” is straight forward, as identified in the Great Commandments and Great Commission, Matthew 22:37-39 and Matthew 28:19-20, respectively. Paraphrasing, my “why”, like yours’, is to love God, love my neighbor, and to share the good news of the Gospel.
Here’s the thing…while our country, our world has limits (they will come to an end), you and I are eternal beings. By embracing our “who” and “why”, not only do we have the opportunity to change lives, but we can change eternity. There’s something much greater!!!
As I’ve stated in previous posts, you don’t have to be in ministry to do ministry. You don’t have to work for the Church to realize your “who” and “why”. Here’s two of many things I’ve come to know as very true:
- Authentically embracing your “who” and your “why” is the only Path to Peace, Joy, and Fulfillment
- If each of us as individuals truly are the best we can be (Great Commandments and Great Commission), the world is going to be just fine
Politics is important. Elections have an impact. But there’s something greater…and it all starts with you!!!
Happy to help you on your journey, including any of the above. Please feel free to reach out to me at Mark@MarkJosephMinistries.com, with questions, comments, concerns, challenges or prayer requests.
God Bless you on your Path to Peace, Joy, and Fulfillment!!!