With Him … Without Him

It’s easy to label a problem. We say, “This is because …” and fill in the blank with our own wisdom. Try it. Why were we in isolation the past few months? Why is there unrest on our streets and our cities burning? Why are children (and adults) starving for lack of food? Why are people persecuted for their beliefs? … and any of us could go on and on with these type of questions. This world is not perfect. We are not perfect. It just seems as if it’s easier for us to see the problem in another and not in ourselves. Or to ignore it completely.

So why do we have all the problems we see in the world, all the problems that we are reminded of daily on the news? So many problems. So many causes?

Permit me to give you one woman’s thoughts. Remember, I’m only human and can be way off course.

Is there really a black and white answer to those questions I first asked? Why do we have the problems we do? I don’t know. But I’ve been wondering if the answer might be that we are two different kinds of people – people with God and people without Him.

With God, we may make mistakes, but we do our best to love others and seek peace. Without God, we seem to do our best to put ourselves as the top priority. Am I getting what I want? Am I happy? At peace? When God is in the picture, we remember to love others. Are their needs met? Can I help to make things better (not worse)?

We all answer the last question differently, depending on who we are as a unique creation of God. Sometimes we can help by sharing the gifts God has given us –  perhaps food, perhaps encouragement – some form of the love God has given us to share with others.

But without God, we can do nothing, as John noted when he told us what Jesus said about the vine and the branches. Without God, we are broken branches, devoid of the life we need to survive, the strength we need and get from God.

So, is the real problem the problem we see on the news or the problem of seeing people who have lost their connection to God, people without Him? And how can we help?

I have no wisdom. But I know Who does. So I do the best I can – I pray.

Please join me in praying for our nation and for the world.

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

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