On days after tough elections, like yesterday, when it is hard to know what to think or do, the best way to proceed is to move forward.
I feel like we have gotten confused on the best ways to do that.
Some people despair. They lament, and cannot get out of their heads. Some cling to hope, choosing to see the positive. Some accuse and get angry.Others simply don’t do anything, because they don’t know what to do. I’ve done all of these.
How do we move forward when all is messy, and confusing, and feels hopeless? When we need facts, and closure, and a clear way forward? I’m not just talking about election day woes, but in life in general.
A lot of times, we don’t know how to proceed in relationships. There has been hurt, and confusion, and sound bites, and replays over words said. We can project our emotions about everything on the situation, and miss the big picture.
A lot of times, we can make decisions about what’s going on in the world through sound bites, and Facebook posts, and people’s opinions heard over and over.
It’s important to see the big picture. In both of these instances.
I’ve had to delete texts, forget arguments, realize and accept misunderstandings, be humble, choose to dig deep in myself and be challenged to overcome every deep emotional, negative reaction, all for the sake of moving forward in peace and love.
I’ve had to remind myself to look at the big picture and not the details so much. This holds true in so many situations.
What is the truest thing about this situation?
What is the best thing I can think about this person?
What are the facts?
What’s the big picture?
When you don’t know what the big picture is, we can go to the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus. What is the gospel and how can I live it and therefore share it in my own personal life?
It could be choosing the good in the situation. Trusting in His goodness. Realizing that by Him dying on the cross for our sins (all of our sins) that He is in the business of redeeming and restoring. All things.
I know this…
It is not my job to change people’s hearts and minds in whatever capacity: relationships or elections. There is nothing I could ever say or do that would make that happen. My job is to share and live out the gospel in my own life, knowing that the Gospel is what changes people, and nothing else.
This is when, as Shauna Niequest says: “we offer peace, not division, faith instead of fear, a place at the table instead of keeping them out.” In this we “represent the heart of Christ.”
And we live out the gospel, moving forward.