Lately, I have been getting sucked into the news and political debates. A few years ago, I walked away from all of this, carefully guarding my eyes to elaborations of headlines and hot issues. This wasn't because I think "ignorance is bliss" this was because of the effect it had on my attitude and happiness.
I am a fixer. When anyone I know has a problem, I will be the first to help brainstorm solutions...this doesn't change with the President of the United States, the parents' of a pushy school district, or any other person who makes the 6 o'clock news! I guess you can say I'm uber-opinionated- sensitive is probably more like it.
Also, if I feel threatened by an issue, like it's going to affect not only my way of life, but the FUTURE of my children, it will eat at me and bring me down quicker than anything.
So, with all that being said, I have been struggling with going back to my "don't say it, pray it" policy- which was knowing the issues were out there, but not committing myself to details, and just relying on God to work.
IT'S SO HARD! But really, I can't change the minds of others...and like my husband asked, If Jesus were on Facebook, would He debate the issues? (Facebook has been my breeding ground for getting sucked into the issues. I love being in touch with friends from all over, but sometimes it's too easy to debate when you are never face to face with the person! Funny how the virtual world allows for certain faux pas to be just fine. Would I ever debate the touchy subject of Politics with someone face to face- who I hadn't seen in years, and don't really know at all? I don't think so!).
Life has too many joys and blessings to dampen it with a fear of what's to come...I need to tell myself that...over and over.
I wonder if the issues affect anyone else like it does me? Unfortunately, most of the people I disagree with, don't have children yet, so it makes it all the more difficult to listen and not say anything-- because to this mama of three future inheritors of this land, the stakes are pretty high!