Echoes From the Campfire

The fruits–I’ll read ‘flowers’–of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control, and some of these grow only in the canyon.”
–Ralph Connor (The Sky Pilot)

“You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.”
–Psalm 71:20 (NLT)
“Stick to your gifts, and your gifts will stick to you.”
–James Fenimore Cooper

I have often wondered about why people hark at others, “get out of your comfort zone.” Perhaps this may be true of a younger person, for they may still be seeking what God has for them; they may be wondering what their gifts and talents are and how to use them. They have not had all the experiences that life will bring.
However, I wonder at the wisdom of that statement when a person knows their talents and God-given gifts and are using them for the Kingdom of God. If we believe the steps of the righteous are ordered by God, then experiences that come should help us further the use of gifts and talents.
Now, why would I want to do something that is not what God has given me? Too many times people who say these things are prompting their own agenda. In other words, “do my thing.” We are to use our gifts for the glory of God. What I see as a danger is when a person is not seeking the gifts God has given, nor using the talents God has given for His glory.
There are a few things I don’t quite get. Maybe it’s my feeble brain, or maybe it is just beyond my understanding and comprehension.
A woman, Behr, I think is her name, comes out and apologizes to Vice-President Pence and to the Christians of America by her statements. Here is what I would like to know. Was it a forced apology, or was it sincere?
Something else I don’t understand. How can a mayor or sheriff, or governor disregard federal law and protect illegal aliens? Many of those who they protect in their so-called sanctuary cities, are criminals and murders. How do they get away with it? You try disregarding a federal law and see what happens.
I’ve been trying to avoid politics this year, and so far, not bad, but this takes the cake. I don’t think it’s really politics, but just plain stupidity. Why is it that Hillary cannot understand that she lost? Now she is blaming husbands forcing their wives to vote for President Trump. Hmmm, so did Bill force Hillary to vote Trump? Then she said she won the dynamic, progressive states and regions. Hmmm, guess I live in backward Texas.
The “smartest man in the world” atheist Stephen Hawking died yesterday. He went to stand before his Maker. I wonder what he thought?