Saturday Morning Sit Down 10/21/17

Good Morning Sisters,

Happy Saturday Ladies!!!  Grab a coffee and I hope you enjoy this beautiful Saturday morning with me!!

So for today’s Sit Down, I want to talk a little about the phrase, “United we stand, Divided we fall”.  And while it might be the unsaid anthem of countless military branches in numerous areas, it goes so much deeper than that.  At its heart, it has very Christian roots that call each and every one of us something more.

Unity between peoples has been talked about since the beginning of humanity.  The earliest person I could find who coined this phrase was Aesop of ancient Greece.  Later on, in early America, prominent figures, such as John Dickerson and Patrick Henry, used these words in their songs and iconic speeches.

On a more Christian level, the Bible, from beginning to end, talks about the importance of unity among all people.

“I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10

“Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” – Ephesians 4:13

“And over all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14

“I in them, and you in me, that they might be brought to complete unity.” – John 17:23

Christ has called us to live in unity with those around us, with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  And it doesn’t matter if they know their true worth in Christ or not.  We are still called to be the hands of Christ to them, no matter who they may be.

In our culture today, unity has taken on a very different meaning than it had in biblical times.  Unity is now seen as the need for ultimate acceptance and tolerance.  And even while these things are good at their core, too much of anything is never good.

As long as we are looking out for the ultimate good of each person, unity is the greatest thing that we could see growing in any community.  When we are united, we can do anything.  Even if it sounds cliché, it really is true!!

Today, and always, I challenge you to strive for a greater sense of unity within your church, neighborhood, or workplace.  Show that you genuinely care about the people who you encounter and you may just show them the light of Christ.

Meditation:

“We are powerless and doomed to fail without God’s intervention.  Abandonment to His will and loving care is an integral part of being a good instrument of God.” – Didache Bible Commentary.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stay awake in vain.” -Psalm 127:1

Whatever success we search, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem, will only thrive if we can see God’s blessing in its completion.  Christ wants the very best for us, so He will surely guide our steps.  Similar to the parable of the house built on solid ground, Christ is the ‘Rock’ that leads us to security.

Please pray over these verses and think about the power of Christ’s foundation in all that you do.

 

Songs that I have been loving recently:

All the People Say “Amen” | Matt Maher

“You are not alone if you are lonely, When you feel afraid, you’re not the only, We are all the same in need of mercy, To be forgiven and be free, It’s all you got to lean on, But thank God it’s all you need, And all the people said Amen, And all the people said Amen, Give thanks to the Lord for His love never ends, And all the people said Amen.”

Aren’t those just the coolest lyrics though?  We are called to unite with our fellow believers in one great Amen to God.  Think of the Amen that we all sing or say after the Consecration at mass.  Even if you don’t feel comfortable singing the other sings of the mass, the amen is about as simple as they come.  And how fitting?  After all, it the profession of our belief in Christ!!

Every Man | Casting Crowns

“There is hope for every man, A solid place where we can stand, In this dry and weary land, There is hope for every man, There is Love that never dies, There is peace in troubled times, Will we help them understand? Jesus is hope for every man.”

Okay, this song has been around for FOR-EV-ER. But it is such a good self-examination of our trust in God’s love and mercy.  It is never too late to reconcile our lives to Christ.  And it’s just a cool song to listen too:)

Videos:

10 Lies Protestants Believe About Catholicism (From a Protestant) | Lizzie’s Answers

I always find it sad how many lies people believe about Christianity and especially Catholicism.  There are so many misunderstandings and it really is unfortunate.  However, if people really sought out the truth and looked for answers, so many problems would be fixed.  And this goes for all people; Catholic, Protestant, people of other religions.  We all owe each other respect!!

I found it so refreshing to see a Protestant woman speak out about some of the common lies that her fellow Christians believed.  This video is very well researched and she was very genuine in wanting to get the truth across.  There is so much to be learned from simply being open to learning more, instead of simply guessing.

Dirty Data | Watch Cut Video

Disclaimer:  I might be a little crazy for liking these videos, but I found them super interesting.  Blame it on the nerd in me.  Watch Cut Video called in all of these different groups of people based on their religion, political orientation, background, or ethnicity.  After giving them different colored shirts based on their ‘group’, they were asked questions.  Seeing the different answers was both interesting and nerve-wracking.  For me, it was simple interesting to see how different groups of people were able to break common stereotypes, simply by stating their beliefs.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this little Sit Down!  What have you been listening too, reading, or watching recently?  Feel free to comment here, or on Instagram.  I’d love to hear from you!!

Maddy

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