November 15, 2010


When you live and work in a town like Washington, DC everything changes all the time. Change is our constant here. Voters speak their minds (or don't) and the landscape and makeup of the city is different. Friends get new jobs and move away. People lose their jobs and have to move away.

I also feel like our country can be so obsessed with the political leaders in power--either pulling for them or fighting against them--that they forget who the true Ruler is. Even though I do work in politics, I find extreme comfort from the fact that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. As I am often tempted to let my emotions carry with the current event of the day, I remind myself that contentment is not based on circumstances. I think Sarah Young says it well in Jesus Calling from last week. Here is a paraphrase:

People tend to think their circumstances determine the quality of their lives. So they pour their energy into trying to control those situations. They feel happy when things are going well, and sad or frustrated when things don't turn out as they had hoped. They rarely question this correlation between circumstances and feelings. Yet it is possible to be content in any and every situation.

Put more energy into trusting Jesus and enjoying his His Presence. Don't let your well-being depend on your circumstances. Instead, connect your joy to Jesus' precious promises:

"I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
Genesis 28:15

"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in
glory in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39

Now those words are healing and soothing. What is the worse that can happen to us? Praise God for his love, power and promises.

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