What’s Next?

By on July 6, 2015

By Sarah Meece−

“Stand firm in faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Is our country currently experiencing an emotional battlefield? With the Supreme Court decision changing the definition of marriage last Friday, there has been a flurry of elevated emotions. While Christians across America may have varying opinions, the somber truth of the matter is that we must move forward. The question facing us is this: Where do we go from here?

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Ironically, in the midst of all of this confusion and uncertainty, God placed me right smack dab in the middle of sharing life with friends who are passionate, God-loving people. Let me explain:

  • On Thursday, I was privileged to attend the North American Christian Conference Women’s Luncheon where our speaker was Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministry Founder. Lysa encouraged us to “embrace life with wisdom!” She said, “Choose wisdom in every place possible. Every choice matters because every decision points us in a different direction.” Her closing remark: “Be one wise woman!”
  • On Friday and Saturday, I had the honor of attending the Living Proof Live/Beth Moore Conference. It was a Beth Moore Conference like I had never attended. On the heels of the Supreme Court Decision, as well as numerous other issues facing our nation, there was simply an unspoken heaviness in the air on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, Beth shared that she awoke in the wee hours of the morning filled with a mourning heart and was never able to go back to sleep. Beth definitely answered the calling from the Holy Spirit, and her major words of wisdom were: “It is time for Christians to wake up!” Beth encouraged us to “Hang on to our Bibles, do not doubt scripture, and to recognize the enemy is after our faith.” She said, “The Bible is the only concrete truth in the world!” In her uncanny, enthusiastic spirit, she said, “Girls, get your tails in the scripture!” While her words brought a smile to our face, we knew she meant every word of it! As Christians, we need to know where to go for answers. In addition, she encouraged Christians to unify. She said, “Jesus is glorified when we praise shoulder to shoulder. Ask God’s favor upon you!” Beth recited Romans 5:5 and asked us to enlarge our hearts to love people more. I respect Beth Moore for listening to God’s calling as she communicated an extremely sensitive issue to the audience in a most eloquent, respectful, spirit-filled manner.
  • On Sunday, our pastor preached his entire sermon and never mentioned the Supreme Court decision. After the closing worship music, the pastor came back to the podium and asked us to pull up a chair at the table because we needed to have a family discussion. As he unfolded the Supreme Court’s decision, he read a beautiful letter which he had written to our church staff and elders on Friday after the decision was announced. I heard two things loud and clear: We need to love, love, love, and we currently have more opportunities to share God than we have ever had in our lifetime. In his final remarks, he encouraged us to love Jesus and love like Jesus!

Friends, our nation has definitely taken a turn in a different direction and made a mark in the US History books, but the question at hand is how should we proceed? Personally, I am thankful for being placed in the midst of fellow Christians this past weekend, and I am led to believe that God is speaking words of wisdom through our Christian leadership. Are we so busy expressing our opinions that it is difficult for us to stop and listen intently? Are we praying for guidance and direction as we enter the next chapter of this history-making era? Are more opportunities in our future to share Christ with someone who desperately needs to hear His words?  

In the coming days, let’s be wise as we proceed. Our decisions can change the directions of our personal lives. Let’s study our Bibles so we know the rock-solid truths associated with issues. As we face these cultural battlefields, let’s unite with fellow Christians and glorify God shoulder to shoulder. And finally, let’s certainly love, love, love others and be ready and willing to share Christ at any given moment when the opportunity may arise.

Dear sisters and brothers, we must keep our faith strong, and we should continue running our race with endurance. Always know, our goal is to finish strong. As one of my Christian Communicator friends said, “We can’t tell people who they can love, but we can certainly tell them who loves them more than anyone—Jesus Christ.”

 

Sarah Meece is a survivor. Having weathered numerous life-threatening events—from bullets to breast cancer—Sarah definitely credits her survival to God’s grace. After retiring from education, Sarah has devoted her life to glorifying God. She founded Sarah Meece Inspires which has provided her the opportunity to write and speak, spreading her powerful message of hope. Sarah and her family reside in the Cincinnati area.

About Sarah Meece

Sarah Meece is a survivor. Having weathered numerous life-threatening events—from bullets to breast cancer—Sarah definitely credits her survival to God's grace. After retiring from education, Sarah has devoted her life to glorifying God. She founded Sarah Meece Inspires which has provided her the opportunity to write and speak, spreading her powerful message of hope. Sarah and her family reside in the Cincinnati area.

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