Larry Norman used to sing, "life is filled with guns and war and everyone gets trampled on the floor..."
No matter where you turn these days, people are fighting. Whether it be in an extreme case as in Iraq and other hot spots around the world, or disagreeing over a bill with your mechanic, turmoil is in the air.
With the senate in full uproar over territorial rights and control, (An NBC/WSJ poll reveals "angry electorate" - Voters dissatisfied with Bush, Congress) we are continually a climate of "what's mine is mine, and I am going to keep it." That filters down to every day life.
Jesus teaches us otherwise. He teaches us that it's not "what's mine is mine and I'm going to keep it," or "what's yours is mine, and I'm going to take it," but "what's mine is mine and I am willing to share it," in love.
Rights. Responsibilities. "I have my rights," we say. Yes, we do. But don't we also have a responsibility to leave this world a better place? More loving. More caring. More sincere.
It's a question that bears repeating, "why can't we all just get along?"
I sense the words of Jesus coming into play here, "come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn form me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
I encourage you today, spend some time with Jesus.