Today is decision day for our country. Like many, I headed down to our local polling place and submitted my opinion on who could best run this country, this home of the free, land of the brave. I’m not a huge fan of politics but I do understand my responsibility, right, privilege, to vote for who will ultimately make decisions for the well-being of our citizens. I ran into this cutie while there…
She represents our future. Along with my children, who aren’t able to have a voice in this election, she will be running our country one day. The decisions we make today will most assuredly affect the next generation.
My husband was reminding me of the story in John 6 where Jesus fed the multitude with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus asked Philip the question “Where will we buy bread for these people to eat?” It then says that he asked this as a test for Philip, for Jesus already knew what he was going to do. He was testing Philip’s faith. Philip of course answered that it would be impossible for them to feed them all. In an effort to help, the disciples begin to search for food and find one lone boy with a mere 5 loaves of bread and two fish. Here again their doubt is apparent “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” How far will this one boy’s sacrifice go among so many? How could one small boy affect the lives of thousands of people? One small boy…or girl…..or mother….or father…..
There is so much talk about whether or not our vote actually counts. Do we or don’t we have a voice? The bible teaches us over and over that our voice, our obedience, is important. In our obedience, God can do great and mighty things! I learned this lesson through the WhoIsBeautiful project. My obedience in doing something the Lord placed on my heart proved to touch the lives of thousands of women all over the world. All glory goes to God! He asked and I answered. That’s all… He did the rest.
I get a picture of a flickering flame on a candle. That flickering flame can be used to ignite the wick of another candle, which can then light the wick of another candle, and so on. The obedience of one small boy fed thousands of people and taught an invaluable lesson to the disciples. The disciples’ faith was ignited by the flickering flame of one small boy. Think of the encouragement they received that day while witnessing the food being multiplied right before their very eyes. And our lives are much the same. When I see people making their way to the polling place to cast their vote, I see many flickering flames – flames that can be used to ignite the wicks of other candles. Flames of obedience.
How far will this sacrifice go among so many? The answer is…..It’s up to you. You can choose to be a brightly shining flame, not snuffed out by the injustices that exist in our world today. Or you can choose to allow your flame to be extinguished with the negative thought that you can’t have an impact on your world. It says in Ephesians 3:20 that he can do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask or think. This is all according to the power that works within us. Jesus fed the 5000 that day because of the faith and obedience of that one little boy. He can do great and mighty things in our obedience.
So, does our vote count? Yes in so many ways! Fire is contagious. How are you using your flame to influence, inspire, encourage those around you? Your one small flame can ignite the wicks of thousands of others. Your one vote is impacting our country for generations to come – for that little sweetheart I ran into at the polls today and for my children as well. Does it take effort to go stand in line and fill out a ballot? Yes, but how far will this sacrifice go among so many? He can do exceedingly, abundantly more.