My friend, Julie, took me out for lunch today. What an sweet, sweet time of fellowship! Julie is the kind of friend who never ceases to challenge me in my faith, my spiritual walk, my marriage, etc. Today was no exception.
Julie shared with me a challenge that was given from the pulpit of her church just 2 days ago. I’ve decided not only to accept this challenge in my life but also to “pay it forward” by offering this challenge to all who visit this blog. I’m expecting my heart and life to be changed by this and I hope and pray that you not only take this challenge but that your heart and life are changed by it as well….
For the next 30 days, I am committed to a “media fast.” In lieu of all that is going on in our nation’s capital and in our government, there is much “scuttlebutt” in the media. Frankly, I know the end of the story…. according to my Bible, my God wins. However, I get really fed up with all the bickering, fighting, mudslinging, and name calling that goes on under the umbrella of “news”. So, I am taking this challenge….
I am committed to turning off the media… TV, news radio, internet news… and I am instead going to consciously be praying for our nation’s leaders…. for President Obama and Vice President Biden…. for Secretary of State Clinton and Senator Bayh…. for those in the White House, in Congress and on the Supreme Court. I commit on this day of March 23, 2010 to pray earnestly for those who are in leadership roles in the United States of America and in the State of Indiana.
By doing this challenge… this media fast… for 30 days I completely expect that my own attitudes will be changed and I expect that I may even begin to see people as just that… people… sinners who need a Savior, instead of seeing them as they are portrayed in the media. I think I will look at the events taking place in our country right now as less frightening and I think I will find great peace in knowing that nothing is happening now or in the future that the One who created the universe does not already know.
I highly doubt that my 30 days of praying will make any drastic changes in DC, but I know that prayer works and that this challenge will drastically change my heart.
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: