As the title states, the weather is a great topic to choose when none others are available or perhaps when no 'nice' topics are available. If you've ever seen 'Sense and Sensibility' with Emma Thompson, you might remember the part when the three daughters and their widowed mother are coming back from a day with their relatives (My brain has gone a bit foggy with the names so please excuse me) and Margaret (the youngest) starts talking about a subject that her older sister finds distressing. Her mother says that if she has nothing nice to say, to please restrict her remarks to the weather.
I do have many nice things to say so i won't restrict my remarks to the weather but i shall start out that way, as we all must start at something, someday.
A little while ago we had quite a few days every week where the weather was warm enough to go swimming at the beach. My brother and i enjoyed those days and took them whenever offered. Alas, those warm, sunny days are gone now only to be replaced with miserable, dull gray skies and rain. Not that I'm complaining! I love the rain! In fact it was quite good today when i spontaneously decided to go for a walk around the block and ended up getting very nearly soaked. The dull sky's have been great inspiration to a clouded mind such as mine... strangely enough the sunny, warm days seemed to have locked up my brain with a key i didn't have and now that the rain has come with early nights i've been given back the key and my mind is free to roam over every topic i find remotely interesting... including blogging. It's quite relaxing to be honest. I feel more at peace now than i have for a while... whether thats due to the weather or resolved problems i'm not too sure and i dont think i want to find out (it means more thinking - that's strictly forbidden in my house).
Now my thoughts may wander...
There is something very interesting that my mother came across today that i'm so happy she decided to share with me... (this is mainly for Christians)
When someone comes along in our lifes that doesn't believe in God, yet their such wonderful people and we hold them with great regard, we tend to pray for them to see God in their lifes and come to realise Him. Yet an interesting point is that if we were to continue doing this with everyone in the world, we'd only be chipping through the cement block little bit by little bit. What do you want to do when there's a block in your drain? Do you want to sit there for hours picking out the indavidual blockage or grab a tool and yank the whole thing out? Probably not the best metaphore to use but i think you get the point.
There are so many powerful people in this world. They hold great influence over the rest of the population on Earth. What happens when more and more laws come in to stop God being mentioned? To stop 'Merry Christmas' being said and 'Happy Holidays' being your greeting? What happens when the athiests in charge set even more powerful athiests in charge? They hold such influence over the population of this world that many people will find themselves falling away from God and those that don't know Him will become more and more convinced that He doesn't exist.
Do you think, to break apart this cement block, we might have to aim for its core and not the outer crust? Wouldn't it be better to go at it with a pickaxe instead of a spoon?
Start praying for those people in power. Those in the media, presidents, prime ministers, billionaires with opinions. Pray for them to let God come through in everything. It will make a huge difference to have a 'free country' rather than a 'God restricted' country.
America wasn't formed as a Christian state yet 80% of the youth say their Christian. 3/5 of them say that religion helps define who they are. What's going to happen to these people if God is completely irradicated from society? If he stops being mentioned and even worse, when he's not allowed to be mentioned? The world is getting worse as the years progress and things are going to get worse before they get better. I think it would be better to strike the centre of the block and break it into little bits by praying for those people who hold 99% of the worlds money rather that chipping away at the edge of the block, praying for those indaviduals.
Don't get me wrong, we still must pray for the people we care about. We must still pray for those that need God in their lives but we can't just focus on them. We need to find the problem, and fix it. Like pulling out a weed; Get the roots, not the leaves. The leaves can always grow back.