Gratitude Day 3 – My Vote Counts

election dayTues., Apr. 3, 2018

Matthew 5:13 – (Jesus said,) “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

Where I live, today was spring election day. I had the opportunity to cast my vote for various local, county and state races. Through my vote, I expressed support for those who I feel are up to the task of serving the public as an elected official.

I am grateful that I live in a country where I can express my opinion through my vote. I believe my one vote makes a difference. Whether the actual elections will be decided by one vote or not, my vote says that I take an interest in how decisions are made in the country I live.

For many Americans, voting is an opportunity not fully appreciated. If more people were passionate about expressing their vote, would not more people vote? Especially in an off-cycle election, such as this spring election?

Some people say they refrain from voting because they are not in favor of any of the candidates. I will be honest. There have been election cycles when I am not confident the candidates reflect the integrity and views I would hope for in an elected official. Yet, I still go through the exercise of going to the polling center and exercising my right to vote.

Why? I feel one of my roles as a Christ-follower is to be an advocate for Christ in the here and now. No candidate will every fully reflect my opinions and desires. This is impossible because sometimes my opinions change! Yet, my vote is one way I can express my opinion about those who might feel serving the public sector as a calling in their life. Before I vote, I pray for God’s guidance in helping me choose a person who will view their role as one that can bring salt to this earth.

I lived overseas for a year in a country where elections were handled very differently than in the United States. This experience encouraged me to make my one vote count every opportunity I have. For this, I am grateful.

Being a public servant is not an easy job, is it Holy God? I pray today for those who are elected officials locally, at the county, state and national levels. May your wisdom and guidance undergird their decision-making process.  Please encourage me to pray regularly for our elected officials and not just today. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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