Echoes From the Campfire

He seemed fitted for this task, and his motive had the strength of love and passion and the sanction of right.”
              –Zane Grey (Nevada)

    “I, the Lord, have dedicated these soldiers for this task. Yes, I have called mighty warriors to express my anger, and they will rejoice when I am exalted.”
              –Isaiah 13:3 (NLT)
Each of us has a task to perform for the Lord.  It will vary from person to person.  Some will be called into actual ministry, such as a pastor, teacher, or evangelist.  Others will be called to serve Him in lay positions, but we all have a task of giving forth the Gospel.
    How we do this is also different.  Some may preach, others may teach.  There will be some who are working in the public and they may meet so many people in a day, all they can give them is a smile, and wish them a good day.
    Each of us also has their individual, personal task of growing in the Lord.  Most growth is slow, but there are spurts of growth, and situations that come that make a person grow.  Lessons are given in various ways by the Lord to help us grow, and, of course, we must be in the Word to have a proper nutrition.  It is hard for the Holy Spirit to use someone in their task if they are not constantly feeding upon the Word.
                    “Do not fret because of evildoers,
                     Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.”
                             –Psalm 37:1 (NKJV)

This is a good verse for the day in which we live.  There seems to be so much evil, and the devil would love to see us live in the throes of anxiety.  Moral values are now being determined by society, “workers of iniquity.”  However, we are not to fret.
    I like what a Naval Chaplain wrote, “The advice is pointed.  Don’t fret.  How easy it is to get upset and stew over issues that you can’t control or alter.  Don’t fret because of evil men.  You can be surrounded with moral values and conduct that contradict your own.  You can’t run away from your environment, but you don’t need to ‘capitulate’ either!
         “An antidote is offered:  ‘Trust in the Lord.’  Your strength of will is just so strong.  This invitation from the psalmist to trust in the Lord is for those with weak wills and human limitations.
         “The central truth of this psalm and of life is, ‘Commit your way to God.’  You cannot live in neutral.  You cannot be half-committed in your faith.  Jesus calls you to a whole-hearted surrender.  Stay loose, don’t get shook.  Trust in the Lord and commit your way to him.”  (I.W. Dodson, Jr)
    Things that come your way have meaning.  Answer the issue with a biblical viewpoint.  There is nothing that you do or that you will face that is not either going to lead you closer to the Lord or move you away from Him.  Life is not neutral!
A Quick Lesson is Politics:  Definitions –
    Socialism:  If you have two cows, you give one to your neighbor.
    Communism:  If you have two cows, you give them both to the government, then the government gives you some milk.
    Fascism:  If you have two cows, you keep the cows and give the milk to the government; then the government sells you some milk.
    New Dealism:  If you have two cows, you shoot one and milk the other one; then you pour the milk down the drain.
    Nazism:  If you have two cows, the government shoots you and keeps the cows.
    Capitalism:  If you have two cows, you sell one and buy a bull.