Dear Friends –
As you know, it’s harder to keep your balance on a tightrope than on the ground; on a balance beam than on the floor. The narrower the surface, the harder it is to keep our balance.
Right now, our country is walking on very narrow surfaces. Many elections last week were decided but thin margins. The Senate and the House are very closely divided. In a recent national survey by NBC half of registered voters in America said they disagreed with most of what Mr. Biden and congressional Democrats want to do. The other half said the same about congressional Republicans and Mr. Trump. Last week’s election shows that Kansans are almost equally divided over whether or not the legislature should be able to overrule bureaucrats—which shows that we’re still divided over response to the Covid crisis.
On such thin wires it’s hard to keep our balance.
As followers of Christ we’re part of both the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of earth. I’ve found myself struggling to find balance to walk in both of those worlds. We’re naturally creatures of extremes and reactions.
That has led me back to God’s words that I memorized in college and that have stuck with me. These words are from Philippians 4:1-9. I’ve reformatted and paraphrased it in a way that helps me process it. I commend it to you as, together, we try to walk in this world.
“Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown,
stand firm in the Lord, knowing that you are loved.
Live in harmony in the Lord.
help others, who have labored in the gospel, knowing their names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone knowing that the Lord is at hand
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever is just,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence,
if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things,
practice these things,
and the God of peace will be with you.”
I love you all and am glad for your companionship on this tightrope walk through life! – Pastor Tim