Encouragement

Which Leader will You Follow?

election 2016
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election 2016

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It’s election time, and this raises many questions as we consider who will lead. Recently I went to a political rally, feeling curious about a candidate running for president.

Unfortunately, I neglected to obtain a ticket, but I figured I would just press forward to get a glimpse of the man who might become our next president.

Though not a dynamic speaker, I connected with this candidate’s humility, wisdom, gentle manner, and soft-spoken compassion. And as he spoke, I felt a responsibility to tell others about his message and encourage them to invest in his cause. I believed he could make a difference for our lives, our children’s, and for America as a country.

Then I thought about another man who traveled to different towns, attracting audiences curious about His message. He impacted a woman who believed she simply had to touch him to be healed. He dined with a short man who climbed a tree for a better glimpse of Him. He found a fisherman who dropped everything to follow His cause. And when his audience heard his sermons, or witnessed His ministry, many were changed in such a profound way that they ran to tell others about Him.

What about us? Do we long to be in the presence of Jesus, the One who is King? Do we press forward to learn more about Him and His message? Are we then so transformed that we want to share our life-changing good news?

As we prayerfully consider our future leaders, let’s remember the One who is above all leaders. Let’s take assurance that through His love and example, our Lord has the power to change our nation and the world–one heart at a time.

Prayer: Lord, change my heart. May I press forward to know You more. May I then leave Your presence courageous and prepared to tell others of your transforming grace and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Psalm 95:3 “For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it where He wishes.” Proverbs 21:1

 

About Ann Stewart

Ann just won the Christy Award for Best Debut Novel of 2017 with Stars in the Grass, originated AMG’s Preparing My Heart series, and writes “Ann’s Lovin’ Ewe” for The Country Register. When she's not writing, she's waving her arms directing musicals, teaching middle schoolers, or watching UVA Basketball, This is Us, or Madam Secretary. In her free time she hangs out with her husband, raising two lovely daughters and a whole flock of fuzzy sheep on Skye Moor Farm, in Virginia--where unscripted drama provides plenty of entertaining material.

Encouraged? Share this post...

Ann Stewart

Ann just won the Christy Award for Best Debut Novel of 2017 with Stars in the Grass, originated AMG’s Preparing My Heart series, and writes “Ann’s Lovin’ Ewe” for The Country Register.

When she's not writing, she's waving her arms directing musicals, teaching middle schoolers, or watching UVA Basketball, This is Us, or Madam Secretary. In her free time she hangs out with her husband, raising two lovely daughters and a whole flock of fuzzy sheep on Skye Moor Farm, in Virginia--where unscripted drama provides plenty of entertaining material.

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