Sunday, August 31, 2008

What happens after the meeting is over?

Had a hard couple of days last week with late night travel and haven't had time to post this thought.

I was driving home Thursday evening and heard bits and pieces of Barak Obama's acceptance speech. It obviously was well received by the crowd in Denver. Almost immediately, I began to wonder how many would remember what he said the next day? I also thought about how easy it is to be enthusiastic when surrounded by people who think as do I. The real challenge is to maintain the enthusiasm after the crowds are gone and I find myself all alone. This is even more difficult when I am alone and face opposition.

Is is not the same with discipleship? And maintaining a Christian witness? When the service is over, and I'm all alone, and I face opposition, the excitement can wear off quickly. That is the danger of relying on emotions. They can quickly turn against you when your circumstances change.

That's the value of values. Knowing what you believe and why can provide the stability you need and the motivation required to be steadfast in your witness and testimony. That's true of politics. And it's true of discipleship.

But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed... 2 Tim 1:12 (HCSB)

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