worried

worried?

Are you worried about the election?  Me too!

Our country has been in perilous times before.  We have been in highly contested elections and our economy in shambles more than once since 1776.

I have traveled internationally for the past 6 years teaching leadership to business leaders and leaders in government.  In my conversations with them I found some interesting fears shared by ALL.  They are all worried about the next generation of leadership.  ALL of the leaders in the countries I visited are worried about their next leaders.  Not rich countries. Not poor countries.  Red and yellow, black and white.  All current leaders feel the next generations of leaders are not prepared for the struggles they will face in their country.  Even in the poor countries feel their future leaders are unprepared.  As I talked with leaders, I think I discovered their fear.  Without exception all of them have raised their children trying to give them a better life than they had growing up.  We have all tried to give our children more than we had as a child.  What parent would not want to do the same for their children?  In giving them more, we basically feel our children are growing up RICH.  Leaders in the most impoverished countries feel the same way.  This was an amazing discovery for me.

I decided to interview other leaders asking them the same question.  Are you worried about the next generation of leadership in your country?  Without exception, they all answered YES.

Is this time in history unique?  I began my research by asking my 91-year-old father-in-law.

Dr. Felix Glenn Line:

Served in WWII

MD for 50 years

Father of 4

Intense expert in world history and religion

I ask him the same question. Are you worried about the next generation of leadership in your country?

He very quickly answered yes.  I ask him another question.  How long do you think this fear has been going on throughout history?  He said 5,000 years!  As we say in the south, “There you Go”.  Since the beginning of time, all leaders have been fearful of the next leadership.

These are not unfamiliar times.  Perilous times for sure.  We will survive.  Our path should be to keep our eyes focused on the right thoughts.

VOTE VOTE VOTE

Vote for the leader who will lead us with honor, dignity and respect for all.  I am voting for such a man today.

Philippians

4:6-7 – Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

4:8-9 – Here is a last piece of advice. If you believe in goodness and if you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things, which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good. Model your conduct on what you have learned from me, on what I have told you and shown you, and you will find the God of peace will be with you.

Matthew

6:19-21 – “Don’t pile up treasures on earth, where moth and rust can spoil them and thieves can break in and steal. But keep your treasure in Heaven where there is neither moth nor rust to spoil it and nobody can break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, you may be certain that your heart will be there too!”

6:22-23 – “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If all the light you have is darkness, it is dark indeed!”

6:24 – “No one can be loyal to two masters. He is bound to hate one and love the other, or support one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and the power of money at the same time.”

6:25-30 – “That is why I say to you, don’t worry about living – wondering what you are going to eat or drink, or what you are going to wear. Surely life is more important than food, and the body more important than the clothes you wear. Look at the birds in the sky. They never sow nor reap nor store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you much more valuable to him than they are? Can any of you, however much he worries, make himself an inch taller? And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They neither work nor weave, but I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these! Now if God so clothes the flowers of the field, which are alive today and burnt in the stove tomorrow, is he not much more likely to clothe you, you ‘little-faiths’?

6:31-33 – “So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, ‘What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear? That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and his goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course.

6:34 – “Don’t worry at all then about tomorrow. Tomorrow can take care of itself! One day’s trouble is enough for one day.”