Hiking The Canyon

Grand Canyon, from South Rim near Visitor Center

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Today, Ann Voskamp  has us posting about being Christ-centric in her Walk With Him Wednesdays.

Ouch.

How do OTHERS see Jesus in me? DO they see Jesus in me?

My hope is that they do but…

I’m not perfect. I don’t always have the words to say. I lose my temper. I want my own way. I wish things were different. I complain. Not very Jesus-like, huh?

Words like FAILURE, MISTAKE, and UNWORTHY come to mind. I wear them around my neck, like ID tags. Don’t you recognize me? I’m the one that is unworthy to bear the name of Christ. The woman that stumbles under the weight of her own perceptions.

How many times have I used the excuse that I am having a “bad day” to gripe at my husband, snip at my kids, or yell at the dog? I begrudgingly vacuum the rugs, clean the toilets, wash the clothes and fix the evening meal. I clean messes that I didn’t make, say things I didn’t mean, and make it my mission, on certain days, to not be joyful.  Thoughts run through my mind like a broken tape recorder.  On some days I feel the bitterness creep in… don’t I deserve more than this?

The fissure in a soul can break wide open and leave a canyon between what is known and what is done.

Be more like Christ…   “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 NAS

Just as Christ has forgiven me. The words echo deep in the canyon… bouncing off the walls of my heart. Forgive them.

Be more like Christ…  “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  Philippians 4:8  NAS

Dwell on these things. Even the deepness of a canyon can be beautiful, when the sun shines on rough rock. It is difficult to complain if I am concentrating on lovely things. I can make that choice.

Be more like Christ…  “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 145:8  ESV

Showing grace and mercy, the anger drains from me. Let it go!  Anger and bitterness kill the spirit of the one that holds on to them, and I can die from thirst if I can’t find my way off the canyon floor, to the life giving water.

Being more Christ like is not easy…but, Jesus Himself said it would be worth it. So, I continue hiking out of the canyon.

Short and Sweet on Arizona

Today there are to be all kinds of “May Day” protests about Arizona. I don’t get it. I am an intelligent, educated woman. I understand politics (well, as much as one can) and think I am fairly well up on current events.

Look, here is my take on the whole Arizona thing. ILLEGAL immigrants are streaming across our southern border. These people are BREAKING THE LAW. That is pretty cut and dry, right? Regardless of what one thinks about their motives for doing it and all that….it is still illegal. They are not citizens. They are not coming into the country legally. They made the choice to break the law. People can argue all they want but, that doesn’t change the facts. We, as American citizens don’t owe them anything. We don’t owe them medical care, we don’t owe them an education, we don’t owe them a job. They are ILLEGAL. I am all for immigration if it is done the right way. I have many friends that are here as first generation Americans…..their parents came to this country and did the RIGHT THINGS to become citizens. They came here because they wanted to become a part of this country. My one friend, who is Hispanic, said that she resents people coming to this country “through the back door”. It’s not fair…..and she is right. It isn’t. It does cause resentment among people. It becomes a powder keg………

As CITIZENS of the USA, and of the state of Arizona…..the people of Arizona have a right not to have to put up with rampant law breakers (a great deal of which have criminal records already–many as dangerous drug runners) in their state. People that are there illegally. Innocent  Arizona citizens are being shot at, and in some cases, KILLED on their own property. How is that right?!

If a person of Hispanic descent has to show paper work to prove that they are here legally, then so be it. If a person is here legally they have nothing to worry about. Seems to me that if I were Hispanic I’d resent the illegals causing it to have to be this way.NOT the people of Arizona.  Why isn’t anyone upset with the illegals? Why isn’t our country ANGRY with Mexico? Why isn’t Mexico doing more to keep their people in their own country? Why aren’t they taking any responsibility?

Let me reiterate in case I didn’t make myself perfectly clear. Immigration is great. ILLEGAL immigration IS NOT. We as citizens of this country have a right to hold immigrants to a standard.  They need to respect our laws in this country. We still live in the best country in the world. People WANT to come here. We need to make sure that they are welcomed, as long as they are LEGAL.