“Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand." ... Matthew 12:25
The other day I stood in our kitchen and looked across our dining area and living room to the front door and thought, "I am the captain of this ship."
Well, ok. Co-captain technically. But when it comes to vacuuming, dusting, straightening and washing, well, I'm certainly the captain. Heh. It's ol' Debra's responsibility to keep things orderly and this 'ship' sailing smoothly.
Remember how Tom and I recently watched Captain Phillips? Well, I got to thinking. Pirates board ships so to kill, steal and destroy, very much like satan is said to do in John 10:10--
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; (but Jesus says)'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.'"
And good grief. Today's world looks rather like Pirates Gone Wild. Everywhere-- tv, online, in our own towns, etc., there are people (and divisive spirits) screaming, totally obsessed with, for example, aborting our soon-to-be-administration before it's birth, even. Before being given a chance to breathe, for goodness sake.
And this morning I'm picturing all this strife, confusion and division like pirates marching right up to our front doors demanding to come in to plunder our peace. To worry us, take over, even entering by way of the 'windows' of our tv's and computers.
So please, remember: only we (and back-up sent from God) can keep the peace and unity in and the pirates out. Only we can keep our home, head and heart strong rather than crumbling due to division.
And only we can choose to do this:
"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." ... Proverbs 4:23
And well, may we all watch out for those pirates who would enter and plunder the peace which is rightfully ours in Jesus!
"Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone." ... Romans 12:18
"How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!" ... Psalm 133:1
Speaking of houses, here's a local one for sale (only $69,000) which I thought was quite cute--
Another Ebay find on its way thanks to the gift card Tom gave me for Christmas--