Some of you are celebrating!
Some of you are wallowing…
I don’t know how you feel about President Trump. Frankly, I’m not exactly sure how I feel about him. I’ve got serious concerns about his character and background. I also like some of the promises he’s made, specifically when it comes to the Supreme Court and Pro-Life causes. I’m interested to see what the next four years will look like for the United States.
This isn’t about what I think about President Trump.
This isn’t about what you think about President Trump.
This is about the duty a follower of Jesus owes President Trump (and all of our nation’s authorities) regardless of how you voted and who is president.
In a word…
If you call yourself a believer in Jesus then regardless of who you voted for, your political affiliation, or your personal feelings you need to pray for President Trump, Vice President Pence and the new administration of the United States of America.
Here are three ways I will be praying for this new administration:
1) Asking God to give President Trump wisdom as he leads our nation
Leadership is hard. Leading a nation is incredibly difficult. If you doubt this just look at pictures of the presidents when they are elected and contrast to when they leave office. Without a doubt the leadership of our country will not be an easy job. All citizens should want their president to lead with wisdom. I’m praying the Lord will grant wisdom liberally to President Trump and this administration.
2) Asking the King of Kings to give President Trump humility as he leads our country
Humility is not a trait that is typically associated with national political leaders. However, it needs to be. Leadership is stewardship and when that stewardship is a nation and its people then humility is necessary. I’m praying that this administration seeks to serve the people of this country. As I’ve shared in a previous post, if serving is below you then leadership is beyond you.
3) Asking our Heavenly Father to give President Trump courage to lead well
Our country faces all kinds of threats. Our leaders need courage to make decisions. I’m praying these decisions are humble and wise. I’m asking for all of our leaders to have courage to do the right things even when they are not necessarily popular things. This is courage.
Finally, I’m remembering one thing: I have dual citizenship
I live in a wonderful nation. I love the USA. However, my eternal citizenship is in heaven. My hope isn’t in this country or on this earth or in any national leader. My hope is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Gospel loving believer in Jesus I’m praying you remember this as well.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Philippians 3:20-21)
3 Mindsets to Ground Our Goals in the Gospel
If you’ve read any of my previous posts (Annual Goal Planning, 5 Keys to Writing Annual Goals, Write Your S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. Goals, Setting Life Changing Goals) you’ll probably see that I really love planning, setting, and achieving goals. Doing those things are wonderful and every year when completed I have a sense of satisfaction.
However, if I’m not careful an acceptable feeling of satisfaction very quickly morphs into pride. When brainstorming, writing, and achieving goals it is important to keep the gospel at the center of our goals.
1.) “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” – (James 4.15)
You can set your goals. You can make them the S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. goals you’ve ever had. You can create a plan with sub-goals that move you forward and you can carefully and diligently work at them. But, when all is said and done, the outcome is ALL in the Lord’s hands… it is not in your hands.
2.) “All things were created through him and for him.” – (Colossians 1.16b)
Everything in heaven and earth and under the earth was made through Jesus. Everything. It exists by Him and FOR Him AND that includes me. That means that my purposes must line up with His purposes. If my goals don’t line up with His goals then He has the right to change them. I don’t exist for me. I exist for Him.
3.) “I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” – (1 Corinthians 15.10)
I am proud of my work ethic. I work really, really hard. My wife calls me persistent. Typically, I don’t give up until something has been finished. This moves me to think that it’s me. This verse says that it isn’t true. I work by God’s grace. God’s grace in me. God’s grace through me. Goals aren’t achieved through my hard work, they are achieved through God’s grace.
These mindsets help me while I’m thinking about my goals and especially as I complete them. I don’t want to fall into the trap of believing that I’m the cause of my own success. That’s why I chose the picture that leads this post. It reminds me of something very important: I am unbelievably small and yet unfathomably loved by someone utterly beyond me.