|Fort Pickens, Florida|
"Civility has suffered as election nears" -- Castle Rock News Press
The above is a headline from our local weekly newspaper. Many of us have had that very thought. Decency, manners, politeness and self sacrifice have been decreasing in recent years while outrageous self-promotion is the norm.
I can't see it coming to an end any time soon, if ever, on this earth. Ugly behavior multiplies itself. It is hard to stem once it's begun.
We need to be vigilant to not perpetuate the discord. We can't do it alone. I know I can't.
Of late I've been making a more conscious effort to not only pray about those things that trouble me, but then to wait to see how God answers. When I quiet myself and just listen, His answers come. Oftentimes it's something small He's directing me to do, but it's His instruction and that's what I had asked for.
Don't we wish more people in the public eye would do the same?
Our private habits make us into who we are in public. They betray us when we behave badly; they bless us when we are about what is honorable.
The elections are just weeks away. I hear some people have already cast their votes. I think it's time for the rhetoric to stop. Most people have made up their minds. The best action to take now is to pray for people to be still long enough to think straight and vote with wisdom.