i_voted____by_chessclub98.jpg                Earlier today I stood in a line for about 45 minutes waiting. Now, I will be sitting here for the next couple of hours also waiting. Today is a pretty exciting day, one that comes around every four years. Today is Election Day. Hopefully before 1 am tonight we will find out who our president for the next four years will be. We’re also going to be finding out about proposals, judges, and other open seats waiting to be refilled. This was the first time I’ve been able to vote, last time something was wrong with my absentee ballot and I wasn’t able to take part. I’m pretty excited to finally be able to be part of this. All day I have felt this excited charge inside of me. It’s not about who wins, it’s about being part of something bigger than myself.

                I’ve felt this way a lot this past week. The 28th was Confirmation. I was blessed to watch 5 boys I taught and had become friends with step forward and become adult members in the church. That day I could see all the potential in the world with them. I know they’re going to go on and do great things. Each of them is a leader, and I can’t wait to see what great things they’re going to go on and do.

                A few days ago one of my best friends asked me to be part of a new online network she’s starting up. She asked me to help with create her dream and reach out to help and touch who knows how many lives. I’ve been working for about 3 days on helping her perfect and create the website.  I am beyond flattered, and once again I feel part of something that is just ready to explode into something great.

                The really cool thing is that as a child of God, my entire life can feel this way. In Catechism this Sunday we talked about the Kingdom of God and how we are part of that. How we can bring that into our world. I think we forget this all to often, that we are part of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God. I mean, wow.

                Really think about that a moment. We are part of God’s kingdom. Not only that, but our actions can further that kingdom. God is working directly through the things we do to bring love and peace to the world. God has a huge purpose for each and every one of us, all of time is a story He has woven, and we get to play and integral part of that.

                Whenever you feed someone who is hungry, befriend someone who is lonely, or stand up for someone who is oppressed, you are bringing the Kingdom of God to our world. The Bible tells us that in Matthew 25:34-40:

                “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

                How amazing is that? Every day we have the change to do the work of God, to influence the story of our lives for the good. Talk about potential.

                I felt that today when I went to vote. I felt it at Confirmation as those 5 boys stepped up to their future. I feel it every time I do something to help with my friends website. And ya know, I bet if I reminded myself of this each morning, I’d feel that at least a little bit every day. I have an active role in God’s kingdom, God has a purpose and a role for me in His great story. I can’t wait to see what adventures I’ll go on and what kinds of things He can do through me. I just gotta remind myself each day to look for where He’s taking me.



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