Now, don't let me confuse you about my passion. I am an unabashed conservative with a decidedly libertarian streak, but I also realize that sometimes it is important to just get away from the strife and struggles and take some peaceful time to ponder. Living on a small and beautiful piece of rural property, I am blessed with a habitat that offers a wonderful place to do that. And while I do spend considerable time daily in this setting tending to the animals and the "great outdoors", I am usually not far from my computer where I see what I consider to be the abject horrors that our society is facing and undergoing. But I decided this weekend to really try to get away from it, and any of you who happen to read my blog or my postings on twitter may have noticed that all of my comments this weekend were devoted to God, nature or all things directly non-political.
So did this effort accomplish anything? What did I learn from it and was it worth it? So here goes:
I indeed learned a number of things and the first was that the exercise was very difficult. Since I now write regularly it is impossible to stay away from the computer, and it was really hard to avoid politics. Sites such as Breitbart, The Blaze, World Net Daily, Real Clear Politics, etc. have become so much of my routine that it was difficult not to fall back into my usual pattern. And each time I logged on to tweet a positive phrase or line about God or nature, it was nearly impossible to avoid all of the material in front of my eyes talking about the destruction of, or problems in, America caused by liberalism or what I call false conservatism. You just don't know how many times I almost fell into the trap of responding, yet I stayed true to my plan and avoided it.
The second thing I noticed was that the number of responses I got to my tweets and my writing sent as tweets fell way off. Now I don't take this as an insult or a shock, but it does reinforce my belief that each of us loves to "rant" just a little bit about what we see going on around us that we consider to be wrong or unjust. That is natural. But I think it also shows that we sometimes get so wrapped up in these things that we forget about the other important things that can put us at peace with ourselves and our bigger purpose in life which is attaining salvation. And since I have in the past tried to mix my musings between the political here and now and the more peaceful and reverent devotion to the beauty of what is around us and the love of our God, I will just try to continue doing that. Always take some time away from the battles you face to find times of peace to meditate and pray for making the good and right decisions that impact your ultimate purpose for being on this earth.
Lastly, I found that this time did give me some peace. It really did help me to take time out from worry about the future to focus on where I am headed both for the rest of my earthly life and the hereafter. So I guess I will try to continue periodic time where I devote it to just peace, quiet, meditation and those things that I can readily see in the beauty that surrounds me, but maybe I won't try to take two full days in political "fast" mode to do so
And here's the really simple part. I will devote my Sundays going forward for this purpose. I will just try and keep the political fury and my passion for conservative politics on pause each Sunday, and use the Lord's Day strictly for fellowship with Him and for quiet devotion to family and love. I think that offers the right balance and, ironically, it's just what God intended for us in the first place: to keep Sunday as it was created, a day of rest.
I hope the peace of the Lord is with you as you start the upcoming week and try to remember Him and ask for his inspiration and guidance in all that you do. God bless.