And Life As We Knew It Was Never The Same

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Last night, Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, I wasn’t feeling well.

I’m not being metaphorical. I had a sore throat, major headache, and lots of drainage. I wasn’t feeling well.

I went to bed embarrassingly early and was fast asleep by 7:45 pm. Yes, there was an election going on that would make history one way or another, but I was sick, and went to bed.

And the strangest thing happened. I woke up (at 4:15 am) and my neighborhood was quiet. Everyone was sleeping. Everything seemed normal That’s not the strange part, hang with me.

I checked my phone to see who won the election. I knew the person I voted for wouldn’t win nationally, but I still stand behind my vote and am proud to have cast it. And I hope you voted and stand behind your vote, and your responsibility to do so.

I saw the projected winner. The new president.

No way.

Granted, “No way” would have been my response no matter the victor.

Just as I suspected, people I respect, admire, and consider friends, were freaking out. On all sides of party lines. Had the tables been turned, the rhetoric and outright spewing would have been the same, just coming out of opposing mouths. Or fingertips, as it is in our social media day and age.

There are no winners in this post-election fallout. There wouldn’t have been if the numbers were flipped. You guys. It’s the strangest thing…

Every day I wake up, get my family taken care of for their day, tell them to have a great day and send them on their ways. Every day I make my amazing coffee, I decide what I’m going to do, and then I make stuff happen. Every day I do what I love and build and expand on my gifts and abilities and I make a difference for at least one other person. That seemingly insignificant difference starts a ripple effect and leads to a movement, no matter how big or small.

Every day I improve upon life as I knew it the day before.

Life shouldn’t be the same. Ever. We were made for more. We’re smart, creative, innovative, driven people. Yet we spend our time and energies degrading one another, ignoring common courtesy, letting entitlement rear its ugly head (and y’all, it is so, so ugly) to tout our pride or our disappointment.

It’s seriously the strangest thing.

Election years exacerbate this. Without question. Every cycle, millions of people falsely put their faith in one person. A PERSON. When that person wins the ticket, out come all the “in-your-face” comments and criticisms, name calling, mock hallelujahs, etc. And when that person doesn’t win the ticket, the lives of their supporters are ruined. Our futures are destroyed. There’s no hope for us. We’re doomed. It’s like watching a grade school playground at recess, except the people on the playground are in grown adult bodies.

Still, somehow today, even though I’m still not feeling well, I woke up, spent the morning playing with my sniffling son (we share germs around here), took a little nap, did all the work I wanted to do (note I didn’t say “had” to do…), moved ahead with planning my future, put the all too convenient mobile deposit feature to use, ordered groceries and had them delivered to my door, took a stroll in the amazing weather we’ve been having to try to get some sunshine and fresh air into this ailing body of mine, and made today better than yesterday in every way I could.

No one else could have done any of that for me.

My hope does not, nor will it, rest in a single person.

Life as we knew it will never be the same. Nor should it. Every day you wake up, no matter who bears what title, you do and be the absolute best you can.

Now we’ll see how many of you read this to the end before I get the fallout responses.  Elections are critically important. Issues at stake can make or break society. I don’t dispute this. I absolutely condone being educated and voicing your causes and concerns by voting. Please hear me on this.

When it’s all said and done, however, the only future we can be dependent on is the one we build for ourselves. The only legacy we have total control over is the one we leave behind.

Don’t lose hope. Don’t berate each other. Don’t display the very behavior you’re preaching or hashtagging against.

Don’t let life ever be the same as we knew it. Make it better. Make it different. Be the difference. Every day.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  ~ 2 Thess 2:16, 17

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