Don’t Forget to Love

Amidst this time of wondering what in the world happened? Why did our fellow Americans vote a former celebrity into office? Don’t forget to love.
While we’re pushing our beliefs on others, and being actively disappointed in the decisions of our country… Don’t forget to love.
As you clump together the majority, claiming that they are for some reason terrible people [maybe some are]… Don’t forget to love.
As our country is changing lead, and as we prepare to judge his every move and word… Don’t forget to love.
As we start to rock in fear and worry, remember who is in charge. Who’s commandment is: Don’t forget to love.

1 Corinthians 13 – New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The night before the election, I still hadn’t made my mind up yet. I really didn’t want to vote at all, but knew that it was a freedom that was fought for – so I shouldn’t take it for granted. I prayed and prayed about it, and felt a crazy push for vote for Trump. Really? I should vote for him??? I’m not saying that God is pro-Trump – not at all, but I do think that God was teaching me something important by going through the motions of voting for him.

You see, all along I have terribly judged Trump and all of his followers. I knew all the a**holes in big trucks that cut me off – were Trump followers [bumper stickers to prove it]. Or anyone who made a sassy comment about taxes or immigrants, I knew who they would be voting for. But as I read through the stances of each side – Trump and Hillary – without of thought of each of their character (or lack thereof), I realized that perhaps the Republicans weren’t so bad after all. Still not a big fan of their person, I felt like that was the direction I needed to go in.

After I made the choice, I hesitantly filled in the box next to Trump’s name. As I walked out of the voting place I suddenly felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. Like somehow my one vote controlled the outcome of the entire election. I know it didn’t, but all day, I constantly questioned my decision. Through praying about it, God revealed something very important to me: that everything I disliked about this election, I had become a part of. The hatred, the judgment, clumping people together by labels… When I literally put myself in the shoes of another, I realized we’re not all that different. I remembered that God created each of us to be complex and unique – and though some of Trumps followers may agree with his hateful speech, perhaps some were just hoping for a change. And maybe some, like myself, know that God is greater – and that sometimes we need a reminder of how much we NEED A SAVIOR. What a better reminder than Trump?

God’s got this. We just need to remember to love each other and not break each other apart. We all have our personal experiences that dictate what we believe and think to be right. We need to NOT let our beliefs stop us from extending love to one another. We need to pray for Trump, Pence, and our leaders – they need God too – his guidance, forgiveness and LOVE.

We need to be ONE NATION UNDER GOD.

but what do I know? I’m a Jesus-follower who happened to vote for Trump. I also love dogs, horses and bourbon. The elderly generation is my favorite, and I love creating. I hate boxes, but I love presents. I also love to love, and hate to hate. I’m just writing my way through life. Join me along the way, or wave as I pass by 🙂 Life is short and I think we gotta make the best of this crazy adventure. Life is always better together ❤

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