Take My Toys

An actress was quoted the other day. (And we should OBVIOUSLY listen to everything actors say, after all, they pretend for a living.)

This celebrity said if a certain person was elected president, then she was going to leave the country.  

I am not going to try to sway your vote.  I am not a political expert.  I am not going to agree or disagree with either the candidate or the actor, truth be told, I don’t really appreciate either one of them but who cares what I think about someone else.

Here is a life lesson I wish I could learn:

It is easier to run than to remain, but strength and love are found in the “remain”.

You know what I like about Samuel the prophet?  He was the leader of Israel and they cried out to him, “We want a king just like all the other nations.”  This cry hurt Samuel’s feelings.  It was not his plan.  It was not God’s plan.  

Bad choices all around and Samuel was old and ready to be done.  (I Samuel 8)

Yet Samuel remained in a country that was no longer excited about his way of life.  He could have simply said what we have all heard from the playground to the political stage…  I am going to take my toys and leave.  The great divorce.

Samuel remained.

I think we need more Samuels.  No, wait, I think I need to be more like Samuel.  More like Jesus.

In John 15:4 Jesus said, “Remain in Me, as I remain in you.”

Perhaps that is the way to say “I love you”.  Even when you disagree with Jesus, and fight Him, and crucify Him, and ignore Him, and complain about Him…

He will remain.

Strength and love are found in the “remain”.

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