Agape Love

These days we can find more than one politician trying to sow division in his own country and in the world. The are very handy bullies who can keep their outlook unchanged like a good strong high quality wig. their periwig may be their trade mark, hiding what is underneath that peruke. Like postiches are fake people may not forget those words spoken by such politicians may also be fake.

We can hear those politicians, which claim to be Christians, picking on Jews, Muslims and immigrants . . . Read more at:  Seeds from the world . . .

Fired Up, Ready to Go

The Atlantic added a new video: The Origin of the Fired Up, Ready to Go Chant

We must do something!

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Today I Rise

Today I Rise (Video)

“The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace.”

“Where are you? Where are you, little girl with broken wings but full of hope? Where are you, wise women covered in wounds? Where are you?”

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS

 

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We must not forget the main purpose of this website … bringing back into focus that PRAYER CHANGES THINGS.

The activity for today’s event for the Women’s March on Washington was to send postcards to our representatives and senators. I sent emails and fb messages instead.

However, the first thing I did, was PRAY for healing for all the issues that are going on in America. I believe that this is a priority. PRAYER, indeed, does CHANGE THINGS.

I commend the ones who are representing us who are sticking to the principles of caring for their constituents. I encourage all of them, and all of us, to remain positive, prayerful, and loving.

Together, we can make changes for the good of all Americans. Just look around, you can see that our efforts are making a difference!

 

Sharon & Erick

Quiet by Milck

 

Quiet by Milck YouTube Video on Facebook

“Quiet”

put on your face
know your place
shut up and smile
don’t spread your legs
I could do that

But no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, if I just lie still
Would I be that monster, scare them all away
If I let the-em hear what I have to say

I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone
Anymore

Cuz no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, take that dry blue pill
they may see that monster, they may run away
But I have to do this, do it anyway
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh I can’t keep quiet

Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
There’ll be someone who understands
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
Must be someone who’ll understand
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now
There’ll be someone who understands
Let it out Let it out
Let it out now

I can’t keep quiet

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from Quiet, track released January 14, 2017
Written by Connie Lim and Adrianne Gonzalez
Produced by AG

Auschwitz

A drone flew over Auschwitz. This is what it recorded.

 

We can never forget because we cannot ever allow this to happen again.

Why People Hide Their Mental Health Illness

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Lots of people hide. You’ve got Clark Kent living a lie, Bruce Wayne hides a significant portion of his life. Then there is Mr. Fantastic or Reed Richards, as he is known to some. And lets not forget about Peter Parker (Spiderman) and Wade Wilson (Deadpool). Ok, so not that I would ever want to compare myself with a superhero* or anything but I am also hiding something.

Sorry to disappoint, this is no grand reveal – I have no superpowers*. In fact, there are times when I can’t even do ‘normal’ things, let alone ‘super’ things. That is because I have a mental illness, or maybe even illnesses. I hear voices, I have anxiety, I get depressed and I have huge periods of mania.

But why would you hide this Mindfump!? Surely society would want to care for you?

And of course some parts of society do care, but the majority do not. That is why we fear the reaction of society, or just feel there is no help available. Not entirely sure why you would think that however; it is not like Governments are cutting medical funding or anything*. You may also fear for your job – couldn’t have a ‘crazy’ person in the office could we? or godforbid you need time off because you are sick. Imagine that? People needing time to recover when they’re sick. Get struck down by any other near fatal illness and you will be sent cards, cake, donuts and well wishes. Ohh, you have the mental kind – fired.

Whilst these are all perfectly legitimate, and unfortunate possibilities, they are not the reason I am anonymous and they are not the reason I choose to hide.

I am sure there is also a significant proportion of mental illness suffers who have gone through some terrible childhood experiences, and unimaginable horrors. I mean, look at Superman, he is an adopted child whose planet was destroyed, and as we all know, rates of mental illness double when a child is adopted. It should be noted there are no current studies analysing the rate of mental disorder among kids whose planet has just been destroyed. But given the way we are treating this planet, those studies will be here soon enough.

So there we go, terrible childhood gives way to typically poor mental health. Who’d have thought it?

These are all tragic reasons one might hide mental illness but I had a perfect childhood. When I look back it was fun and pleasant. We have a happy family, my parents are not divorced, we went on regular holidays and always had food on the table. I had friends and I went through school, university and got my masters. I have a girlfriend and had girlfriends. All very normal, quite frankly. Maybe a few too many superhero movies, but apart from that – all was well.

So why should I hide it? I have nothing to be ashamed of, no past I want to hide, I have no risk of losing my job, and quite frankly I careless what society thinks.

The reason is simple.

It is for my family, and more specifically, my parents. You see they went through tough childhoods – specifically my mother. A very poor, broken home, with limited education. So that meant both my parents had to work extra hard – in a very poor area of the country, to give their sons the best opportunities they could.

Which they did. Extremely well.

That is why I want to be anonymous, that is why I will never tell my parents what I go through. They would understand, of course they would, they are the best parents I could imagine. But it would hurt, I know they would take it as a slight on their parenting. They are so proud, as they should be, for raising us and keeping us out of all the negative things that were going on around us –  the drugs, the violence, the discouragement…

Anyone who knows depression, knows pain. It hurts, more than any physical pain I have experienced. I know hearing their son is in a lot pain and deals with a lot of anxiety would bring with it a lot of pain. There is enough pain already, I do not think my pain would diminish by expressing my feelings to them, but I know for sure it would hurt them. I’ve never professed to be good at maths on this blog, but the equation goes something like this:

Pain + Pain = More Pain

And I just did a quick analysis of ‘more pain’ and it is indeed more painful. A world with more pain is a bad one in my view. My aim in adulthood is to give back all the happiness and pride that my parents gave to me. I love them very much and wouldn’t let anyone hurt them – including me. So I shall keep my identity, my secret superpower of teleportation and my pain all to myself.

Mindfump.

*But a superhero would say that wouldn’t they.

*Just did.

*Sarcasm

 

Mindfump!

Lots of people hide. You’ve got Clark Kent living a lie, Bruce Wayne hides a significant portion of his life. Then there is Mr. Fantastic or Reed Richards, as he is known to some. And lets not forget about Peter Parker (Spiderman) and Wade Wilson (Deadpool). Ok, so not that I would ever want to compare myself with a superhero* or anything but I am also hiding something.

Sorry to disappoint, this is no grand reveal – I have no superpowers*. In fact, there are times when I can’t even do ‘normal’ things, let alone ‘super’ things. That is because I have a mental illness, or maybe even illnesses. I hear voices, I have anxiety, I get depressed and I have huge periods of mania.

But why would you hide this Mindfump!? Surely society would want to care for you?

And of course some parts of society do care, but the majority…

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No Mercy

Joe Kennedy III

 

You can read the full story here bit.ly/2mnV3Sw

 

Love one another

A Broken System

Brokenbelievers is not just a “niche” site– we’re dealing with hardcore issues that are significant for far too many. Mental illness is a pervasive and terrible issue in our society. Christians must witness to what Jesus can do in the midst of this.

https://brokenbelievers.com/2017/03/11/a-broken-system/

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Sixty million Americans – that’s one in five adults – will experience a mental illness in the coming year. That means every one of us knows someone who is living with a mental illness – depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and some additionally have a substance abuse.”
The stats are staggering. They are also easily forgotten. (It seems that we approach life not as it is, but as we want it to be.) But consider this:
• Half of all adults will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime.
• Half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14.
• One in five children will have a mental illness by age 18.
• Ninety percent of people who die by suicide also had mental illness.
Brokenbelievers is not just a “niche” site– we’re dealing with hardcore issues that are significant for far too many. Mental illness is a pervasive and terrible issue in our society. Christians must witness to what Jesus can do in the midst of this. We are his witnesses.

Accentuating this, our mental health care system is broken. Jails and prisons have become “dumping grounds” for afflicted people. I guess that this is considered “routine” for us. Imagine the outcry if, instead of doing this to the mentally ill, we did incarcerated those with diabetes? Yet we do so because that’s the way the system works.

There are many beautifully competent people who toil in the mental health field. Some of the kindest and caring can be found working in these places. They deserved to be commended, not vilified.

The landscape is strewn with casualties. Mental illness will affect half of adults in their lifetimes, and the collateral damage can’t even begin to be quantified. Our therapists, nurses and doctors have a grisly job security. Money can never fix our system of dealing with those with a mental illness.

Many of us will disagree about what to do.

Perhaps we should advocate a multi-prong approach. Brokenbelievers exists for Christian believers that are having to work out their faith in the presence of a tenacious illness. It’s good to have someone that understands depression or other issues in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.

We must think differently– and do differently. With God’s help we can.

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Sources:

https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kay-warren/hope-for-mental-illness_b_8045810.html

How Health Care Can Reduce Domestic Violence

Kamala Harris — US Senator for California

March 11, 2017

One in four women in the United States will report intimate partner violence, otherwise known as domestic violence. As San Francisco’s District Attorney, I worked to create highly detailed, comprehensive training programs for all domestic violence attorneys, victim advocates, and investigators. This study is just one more reason why I will fight for the more than 20 million Americans who have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Access to medical treatment may help solve unrelated, difficult societal problems, a study finds

Henry Romero / Reuters
 https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/03/how-health-care-can-reduce-domestic-violence/519048/

Ways to Be Involved – Health Care

Joe Kennedy III speaks about Health Care

Overreaction, or Appropriate Reaction?

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This story will get you fired up, but I’m certain you’ll be satisfied with the outcome. A female student stands up for her rights and refuses to be bullied…and when the Mom arrives – she defends her daughter’s actions perfectly! Women should not have to deal with these situations, so why allow this to happen to children?

My Note: If we don’t teach our children that bullying is unacceptable, we prime them for allowing domestic violence. We must stand up in our community and world to say we won’t stand for these situations to go on!

Read on below…


I’m an Emergency Room nurse and we’re not allowed to have our phones on us; they’re to be kept in our lockers. A call comes into hospital reception on a private line for me.

Phone: “This is [Teacher] from [School]. There’s been an incident involving [Daughter]. We need you to come in.”

Me: “Is she ill or injured? Can it wait until my shift is over in two hours?”

Phone: “[Daughter] has struck another student. We’ve been trying to call you for 45 minutes. It really is very serious.”

I go to the school and am ushered into the Principal’s office. I see my daughter, her advisor, a male teacher, the principal, a boy with blood around his nose and a red face, and his parents.

Principal: “Mrs. [My Name], how kind of you to FINALLY join us!”

Me: “Yeah, things get busy in the ER. I’ve spent the last hour administering over 40 stitches to a seven-year-old who was beaten by his mother with a metal ladle and then I had to deal with the police regarding the matter. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

(After watching him try to not act embarrassed, he tells me what has happened. The boy had snapped my daughter’s bra and she had punched him in the face… twice. I got the impression they were more angry with my daughter than the boy.)

Me: “Oh. And you want to know if I’m going to press charges against him for sexually assaulting my daughter and against the school for allowing him to do it?”

(They all get jittery when I mention sexual assault and start speaking at once.)

Teacher: “I don’t think it was that serious.”

Advisor: “Let’s not over-react.”

Principal: “I think you’re missing the point.”

(The boy’s mother then starts crying. I turn to my daughter to find out what happened.)

Daughter: “He kept snapping my bra. I asked him to stop but he didn’t, so I told Mr. [Teacher]. He told me to ‘ignore it.’ [Boy] did it again and undid my bra so I hit him. Then he stopped.”

(I turn to the teacher.)

Me: “You let him do this? Why didn’t you stop him? Come over here and let me touch the front of your trousers.”

Teacher: “What?! No!”

Me: “Does that seem inappropriate to you? Why don’t you go and pull on Mrs. [Advisor]’s bra right now. See how fun it is for her. Or on that boy’s mother’s bra. Or mine. You think just because they’re kids it’s fun?”

Principal: “Mrs. [My Name]. With all due respect, [Daughter] still beat another child.”

Me: “No. She defended herself against a sexual attack from another pupil. Look at them; he’s nearly 6 feet and 160 pounds. She’s 5 feet and 84 pounds. He’s a foot taller than her and twice as heavy. How many times should she have let him touch her? If the person who was supposed to help and protect her in a classroom couldn’t be bothered, what should she have done? He pulled her bra so hard it came undone.”

(The boy’s mom is still crying and his dad looks both angry and embarrassed. The teacher won’t make eye contact with me. I look at the principal.)

Me: “I’m taking her home. I think the boy has learned his lesson. And I hope nothing like this ever happens again, not only to [Daughter], but to any other girl at this school. You wouldn’t let him do it to a member of staff so what makes you think he can do it to a girl of 15 is beyond me. I will be reporting this to the school administrators. And if you—” *turning to the boy* “—EVER touch my daughter again I WILL have you arrested for sexual assault. Do you understand me?”

I was so angry, I gathered my daughter’s things and left. I reported it to the School Board, several of whom I know, and was assured it would be strongly dealt with.

My daughter was put into a different class for that subject, away from the teacher and the boy.

 

(Another Note: This article was posted from:

Womens March Diversity Inclusion.

For those of you who don’t get the full gamut of the reasons

why women are marching, this is one example!

 

 

Anti-Semitism

Definition of anti–Semitism

  1. :  hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group

Definition of Anti-Semitism

My Note: As followers of Christ, we should never show hatred or judgment. Whether toward Jews or any group or person, this is anti-Christian.

Planted Seeds

be patient seeds

 

My note:

As we plant seeds by expressing our concerns in what is going on in our country right now, let’s not lose heart. Be patient, and pay attention. Our seeds will grow. We have to continue in our fight for freedom.

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Balloons – The Art Of Letting Go

by Insidethelifeofmoi

balloons2Letting go… A good friend once told me, “Put it in a balloon and let it go”. She continued… “The balloon may float to the ceiling,

A good friend once told me, “Put it in a balloon and let it go”. She continued… “The balloon may float to the ceiling, the strings are there for you to grab… but for now, just let it go”. In the midst of my broken marriage, this was the best advice anyone could have given me. Prior to ‘letting go’, a dark cloud followed my every move. It leaked melancholy over our relationship and consequently, made things look bleaker than ever. My husband and I walked around with this heaviness in our hearts. Like a mouse chasing an endless maze, we could no longer see a way out. We were lost, confused and travelling down the same tracks we’d traveled before. There’s only so many times you can go over the same old territory. At some point, you need to find your way out and never look back. But how do we get out of this soul-destroying maze?

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Letting go

The answer is really quite easy…You just need to ask yourself; how did I get into the maze in the first place? For me, it was a case of finding it difficult to let things go. During the bleak time in my marriage, mistakes were made on both sides. My husband was able to accept my faults, however, I couldn’t let go of those balloons. And so, the same broken record played on, and we kept on dancing our repetitive dance. We would talk about forgiveness. We drew lines in the sand. Only months, weeks, days down the line…the cork would go POP, and I would explode once again. Suddenly, that same tiresome tune began to play and we’d find ourselves dancing over the same tiresome terrain. But how long can we endure the same broken record? Surely there will come a time when the record becomes so exhausted, it gives up.

Some of us find it easy to let go of our balloons, others will be pulling the strings, too afraid to let them go. There are those types which I call the ‘whistling kettles’. Like a kettle, their problems boil up inside.  To begin with, they can keep their bubbles under control. However, as time goes on, they start to boil up inside until the almighty whistle blows! As one can image, it’s not healthy to let things fester inside. It’s inevitable that at, some point, you’re going to boil over! And yet, so many of us fall into this category. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to deal with the problem before it escalates. If you can feel yourself slipping things under that rug…STOP! You have two choices; you can deal with the issue there and then, or you can collect up all of the negative energy, blow it into a balloon and let it go. As my friend wisely explained, you can pull the string down at another time, but for the sake of your sanity…just let it go!

There are also those types which I call the ‘bee-infested bonnet-wearers’. I hold my hands up, for I fall into this category of the ‘unforgiving’. For those of us who walk around with bees in our bonnet, we all know, the constant buzzing is enough to drive us insane…and yet we continue to wear our bonnets with pride. Whether it is hurt, anger or disappointment we are wearing on our hearts, there needs to come a time when we have to swallow our pride and let go of those negative feelings. Nothing good comes from lugging around a big rucksack of negativity…you can either; take a break from the bag you have been carrying for so long, or you can start rummaging – throwing out all of yesterday’s’ hurt – and find forgiveness. Once you have established a mutual forgiveness, it’s time to leave the empty bag and move on. Who needs an empty bag anyway?

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Once you learn the art of letting-go, whether it’s sweeping under that rug or abandoning a rucksack on the side of the road…you will fall into the category I call the ‘balloon letter goers’. What a truly amazing place this is! One day, when I was feeling particularly angry and hurt, rather than doing something destructive, I reflected back on what my friend had told me. Later that day I bought a pack of balloons, I was debating whether to go for a pack of ten or twenty– I decided twenty would be adequate. I blew all my negativity into these balloons, sealed them closed and scribbled issues I needed to ‘let go’ over them. So there I was, surrounded by a bunch of colorful balloons, looking as though I had just raided a children’s birthday party. If anyone saw me, they’d think I had lost it!

Craziness aside, I wanted to pop all these balloons with a knife. For these balloons had caused me so much hurt. I wanted to destroy them all. Or did I? The truth was, I didn’t want to let them go. I wanted to surround myself with these balloons and wallow in hurt, anger and tears. However, I had come to the point in my life, when I knew very well that I couldn’t keep going on this way. Enough was enough. I tied strings onto those balloons, kicked open the back door and I let every one of those balloons go. I watched them disappear into the sky until they got sucked up into oblivion. It was at this point when I felt a weight had been lifted. I was free.

I’m not suggesting you go out and purchase 100 balloons. By all means, do this, if this is what you want to do! Alternatively, you can visualize blowing all of your pent up negativity or hurt into imaginary balloons and letting them go. You may decide to ‘let go’ in other ways – be it screaming your lungs out on top of a hill or burning the contents of your husband’s wardrobe on the bonfire (Um, that was just a joke – don’t do that!). Whatever you choose, the fact that you’re taking those steps in letting go, will enable you to move on with your life. It’s a truly beautiful thing when you wake up without that heaviness in your heart.

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One of my favorite films to watch with my children is Disney Pixar’s ‘UP’. The bitter old man – who had sadly lost his wife – spent years in the same old house, looking at the same old walls. The world was moving on, but he stayed stagnant. One day he attached thousands of colorful balloons onto his house, and he floated into the sky. Unknown to himself, he was ‘letting go’. If he had stayed in the same place, dwelling over the negatives and unable to move forwards, he wouldn’t have experienced the happiness he gained later in the film!

It’s time to take off our bee-infested bonnets, it’s time to stop dancing that same old repetitive dance…

…It’s time to ‘let go’.

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Source: Balloons – The Art Of Letting Go | Insidethelifeofmoi

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Let Go

Freedom

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Real News

If you can convince people that real news is fake, it becomes much easier to convince them that your fake news is real.

Inspirational Anne Frank Quotes – Logical Quotes

Annelies Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945) was a German-born diarist and writer. This post features some Inspirational Anne Frank Quotes.

Source: Inspirational Anne Frank Quotes – Logical Quotes

Encounter the Defeats

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Maya Angelou

Register to Vote Information

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Volunteer

 Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.

We vote in elections occasionally,

but when we volunteer,

we Vote every day about the kind of community we want to live in.

Learn more about Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is more prevalent than we can imagine. I have recently become involved in more research and participation on sites that help make us aware of this tragedy. Please read about these issues and share any thoughts you have.

Missing the signs of domestic violence

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The4thbranch

Get involved in things going on in the legislature.

The 4th Branch summarizes bills debated in congress. You vote on the summaries. Emails show you how your representatives voted on the same issues. Your Link To Congress!

We must always . . .

 

We must always:
Be uncomfortable amidst injustice;
Disquiet in the face of wrongs; and
Disturbed as unfairness persists.

We must never allow bigotry to be easy; or hate to normalize
We must remain defiant
We must resist.

More dangerous than hate is apathy
More dangerous than bigotry is silence
And More dangerous than injustice is the acquiescence to it.

Let us be resolved:
To be vigilant in the defense of others;
To be restless in pursuits of justice;
And let us never grow weary in the work of love.

Cory Booker
November 2016

 

Power to Choose

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Mental Health Reform

(My note) Education regarding mental health is desperately needed for both the person with the disorders and also their families. I am pleased to see how much Chris Murphy invests himself in these issues and many others that will help our country progress.

A message from Chris Murphy, Senator from New Jersey

The Senate votes on our bill next week. Here’s how it will help millions of Americans.

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Giants will fall before you

David beat Goliath and Daniel rose from the lions den; you may be small and thrown low, but giants will fall before you and you will rise. ‬

A story of love and courage

History Bites

WATCH: The Christian nurse who saved 2500 Jews from the Nazis in WW2. How she did it will amaze you.

Pray for our country

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Determination to make a change

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Every Man’s Needs

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs,

but not every man’s greed.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Change

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ― James Baldwin

Max Lucado talks Trump, how Christmas can help the country

National best-selling author Max Lucado, who earlier this year wrote a viral blog post questioning Donald Trump’s decency, says he is praying for the president-elect, especially because his success translates to the country’s success.
Lucado, who will be in Murfreesboro on Tuesday promoting his new Christmas book, “Because of Bethlehem: Love is Born, Hope is Here,” spoke with The Tennessean earlier this month about Trump, the post-election division in the country and how the Christmas season can help. His appearance is 6:30-7:30 p.m. at LifeWay Christian Store on Old Fort Parkway.
How have your views changed on Trump since you wrote the “Decency for President” post in February?
I’m a firm believer in God’s sovereignty, and there’s a passage in the Bible that I read and turn to a lot in times like this. It’s Proverbs 21:1: The heart of the king is in the hand of God. So I think God can use any ruler to accomplish his purpose. I’m prayerful. I think that’s where I am right now. I’m not anxious. I’m not troubled. I’m peaceful. If I’m troubled about anything it’s the kind of fragile nature of our society. We’re really at odds with each other, but I’m hopeful that with time that this will settle down and we’ll be more and more at peace.

Your post focused on Trump’s words and actions. Do you still have concerns about his decency?
I don’t know how to interpret them. I’ve got many, many good friends who found it very easy to look past that and to say, “Yeah, that just doesn’t bother me.” I wish I could say that. I don’t know how to interpret that. I’m not accustomed to seeing that in that high profile of a leader. I can’t say that he’s said or done anything that causes me to come to peace with that. I feel like I did what I was supposed to do, and I’ve prayed and the whole country has voted. So I think it’s time for us to pray and to give him every opportunity to succeed.
What is your advice for Trump?
I admire many of the people whose names have been suggested to serve with him. I’ve never met Vice President-elect Mike Pence. I can’t speak from personal history, but boy, he sure is an impressive guy. The more quality, capable men and women of character he can put on his team the better. I’ve seen that as a common theme among good leaders, whether in a company or a church. You try to hire somebody who’s more qualified than you are and set them free to do their job, and I think that’s a good rule of thumb for leadership.
What does the country need to hear right now to heal and move forward?
I think that a common mistake that countries make is that we expect that a leader will solve all of our problems or a leader will create all of our problems. We assume too much. Maybe it would be good for us to back away and say, OK, we have a system of checks and balances in our government. Certainly the president has remarkable power, but it’s not unlimited power. So let’s trust that the system is good. But even more let’s trust that our God is on our throne and that he will protect and oversee the country. Let’s pray. My prayer is that our president-elect will have the administrative skills of Joseph, the vision of Daniel and the wisdom of Solomon.
How can the Christmas season help the country’s post-election angst?
I think we really need Christmas this year. Christmas has a way of bringing the good, better part of humanity out of us. I think the reason is we tend to become givers at Christmas. Giving is just good for us. It flushes us. Politics has a way of bringing the tackiness out of us and causing us to take this side or that. Christmas says, “We believe there is somebody greater that is running the world.” For Christians, we really have opportunity to take hope in Christmas because it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, whom we Christians believe to be God on earth. I know things are tough and fragile now, but God can speak into our world as well. That’s really the promise of Bethlehem.

25 Ways to be Politically Active

Article from CNN

(CNN)Whether the election’s left you feeling impotent or energized, now’s the time to start getting more politically active.

We have already seen some stirrings — Protests on the left; celebrations on the right. A surge in donations for organizations like the ACLU. And the #SafetyPin movement, where you clasp the pin somewhere on your person to indicate you’re a safe ally to talk to.

Keep the momentum going. Here are 25 ways you can elevate your activism:

Local politics and activism

1. Know who your local legislators and politicians are

Here’s where to find your House Representative.

Put your address in here to find a full list of your elected officials.

2. Know how to get in touch with them (and actually make them listen.)

Here’s a great Twitter thread from a former Congressional staffer about how to actually get politicians to listen (your phone is your best ally).

Here are some general guidelines on how to contact them.

3. Identify an issue you care about and pursue it

Hopefully you don’t need too many resources on this, though here’s a good list of social issues to get you started.

4. Attend town hall meetings

A town hall is where you, in person, can make your actual voice heard, in front of local politicians who can actually do something about it. Your congressperson will usually have a schedule of Town Hall meetings on their website, or you can check out your city’s website as well.

5. Attend City Council meetings

Alternately, attend a City Council meeting to get an up-close view of what’s important to your city’s legislators.

6. Get to know your local School Board

If you have kids in school, you probably need to know about your school board. Here’s everything about what a school board does and how you can get involved.

7. Join your local PTA

Not only can you have a direct communication with your school, you can also volunteer and participate in other ways that directly impact your community. Here’s how (and why) to join.

8. Mobilize more people to support your cause

You alone are great and awesome and boy, can you make a difference. Now imagine,a dozen more of you. Get a group together to do any of the above things; attend meetings or join an association, and your cause will be magnified.

9. Join a voting league or political organization

A non-partisan group like the League of Women Voters is a good way to get informed, or you can choose a political group that aligns with your values.

10. Register to act on behalf of a political party.

Here’s a starting place for Republicans. Here’s one for Democrats. Keep in mind your party has a state chapter, too. Not feeling the bipartisan vibe? Here’s a full list of established political parties, along with their missions and contact information.

11. Join a campaign

If you find a local politician who represents the change you want to see in your community, contact their office to figure out how you can get involved in the campaign! Maybe they’ll have you stuff mailers or put up signs or some other boring task, but the boring tasks is what actually gets stuff done.

12. Volunteer at their headquarters

Like we said, your state, city and county have party headquarters that are just waiting for your time and energy. Just give it a Google. They WANT you to help out, so it’s not that hard to find. If you’d rather stay at home, you can most likely take part in digital activism: Sending newsletters or text messages or organizing online campaigns.

13. Attend or organize rallies and events

Just make sure you’re safe and lawful. Alternately, there are always political talks and events going on, probably in your area. Look them up here.

14. Pound the pavement

If you want to influence people, you’re going to have to actually go out and, you know, MEET the people you want to influence. Here’s a good article from the New York Times on why this method actually works.

15. Volunteer to work at a polling place

To start, you can get registered on the Election Assistance Commission’s website.

16. Volunteer to register voters

Here are some openings for voter registration drives. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simple search for your city and state, along with “voter registration drive.”

17. Vote

Make sure you’re registered. And do it in every election, not just the big ones.

Political education

18. Subscribe to a paper or other publication you believe in

If you’re unhappy with journalism or media coverage, find a publication that represents good journalism to you. Click on it often. Pay for a subscription. Support it any way you can.

19. Read up on American history and civics

USA.gov is your best friend. There’s history and civics there, but it’s just the beginning. Here’s a link to the National Constitution Center where you can read a word-for-word breakdown of the document. Here’s a link to the American History section of the Library of Congress. Go crazy.

20. Share that knowledge

Have discussions with your friends and family. Engage in respectful debate when appropriate (and no, that doesn’t mean on Facebook timelines). Spread the word.

Community outreach

21. Volunteer at a place that benefits your community

Ideally, you can align your volunteer work with your most important causes. Volunteer at church, at the local VA hospital, at a homeless shelter or at a school. The possibilities are endless, but this website is a good place to start.

22. Volunteer at a museum, state or national park, cultural center or historical society

Volunteering isn’t just about serving others, it’s also about making sure the organizations that are important to you can continue to serve others.

23. Hell, GO to a museum, state or national park, or historical society

SUPPORT. EDUCATION. IN ALL. FORMS.

24. Donate

At the very least, let your wallet do the talking. If you’re looking at a specific charity, check Charity Watch to make sure your money is being well-used.

25. Get off the internet

Complaining on social media only gets you so far. Get out, meet people, use your hands and your time.

The beauty of BROKEN

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