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with Common Sense 4 Uncommon People
 

Who or Where We Are? ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: August 20th, 2015   Category: Common Sense, Deception, Hope, Inspirational

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Which matters more to us, who we are or where we live? Most people would answer this question from the more singular, personal perspective. We’d rationalize that we have more control over who we are than where we live. Where we were born (country) isn’t something we had any control over. Where we live is often a result of where the citizenship, work or family is. Who I am? Now that I can take some responsibility for and/or pride in. What does God think about this? According to the prophet and messenger Jeremiah; “Then GOD ’s Message came to me: “Can’t I do just as this potter does, people of Israel?” GOD ’s Decree! “Watch this potter. In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you, people of Israel. At any moment I may decide to pull up a people or a country by the roots and get rid of them. But if they repent of their wicked lives, I will think twice and start over with them. At another time I might decide to plant a people or country, but if they don’t cooperate and won’t listen to me, I will think again and give up on the plans I had for them.” (Jeremiah 18:5-10 MSG). A people or a country, any people or any country, even if it was planted by God!

Who we are is often a matter of where we live and where we live can greatly influence who we are or who we are more likely to become. In any democracy, a nation is a reflection of it’s people’s collective attitudes, our combined liberality or conservatism. Our desires and tolerances. Our state of mind and business of behavior. This isn’t something new, in fact it’s as old as our history has recorded us to be. Our tolerances too often overshadow our core beliefs. Our fears may overtake or surrender to our better judgement. Our wants leave our needs collecting dust in the practiced and polished tracks of our forward footfalls. Can we be held responsible for the ways, wicked or otherwise of the countries who register our citizenships? God answers YES to that question. Free choice carries great responsibility with it. Responsibilities which extend beyond us, to our families, friends, neighbors, even our enemies. It’s not necessarily which of these two (me or nation) variables matters more,  for in the broad scope of the Word, they eventually shall become indistinguishable. It’s not easy to change ourselves and even more difficult to change a nation from where we sit. It’s begins with us and then extends beyond us. Love is both empowering and protective. Singular and universal. Our deceptive enemy would like us to believe that all is lost, that any further resistance would be futile and painful. That same fallen angel would have us accept defeat and make the best of our losses. God thinks differently. “At any moment I may decide to pull up a people or a country by the roots and get rid of them. But if they repent of their wicked lives, I will think twice and start over with them. At another time I might decide to plant a people or country, but if they don’t cooperate and won’t listen to me, I will think again and give up on the plans I had for them.” Doesn’t this message from God sound startlingly pertinent from where we sit today? It does from where I sit. I take God more seriously than any other personage. For Good reason, as He hold all of the final authority. We live in our garden. Our garden should reflect our needs not our weeds. It’s been temporarily entrusted to us by God to watch over, to protect and to nourish in His ways. He watches over us and we watch over His garden and the fruits He hopes to harvest from this garden. It all would make sense if we would listen to and take His messages into our hearts and then our lands. It may be too late for some hearts but not for those reading this. For us it’s time to begin listening and cooperating before God gives up on the plans He has for us.

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