Thursday, August 02, 2012

Walking the Walk

It's been kind of an up and down week.  It began with much sadness and disappointment.  Dissappointment because some meetings I'd had (not work related) didn't go the way I'd hoped.  Not a big deal, but still.  Don't really want to get into details online but my feeling is that it must not be the direction God wants me to go right now otherwise things would have worked out.  I learned long ago to trust that God will guide me and present me what I need when I need it.  To try to do things my way for my reasons will only end in failure. 

The sadness was due to a tragedy that happened to some good friends.  Without getting into to much detail, they'd just had triplets a couple of weeks ago.  And one of them didn't make it.  The calling hours were Monday and the funeral Tuesday.  It's just not right to have to bury a child, let alone one that is 2 weeks old.  It's been heartbreaking for Ellen and I since we found out.  We've done all we can, which is to be there for our friends if they need us.  But it makes you think.

All of these goings on have caused me to refelct on my faith and how I've been practicing it.  Am I really living out the things I believe?  This especially true when it comes to politics.  And I'm not talking Democrat versus Republican or liberal versus conservative.  I'm talking about standing up for my beliefs in public and being willing to disagree with friends and family.  I've never been one to follow "the rules" just because they are the rules.  But it appears to me that the American culture is becoming so self centered which I think is antithetical to being a Christian.  Many of our problems are due to this selfishness.  Too many people trying to go their own way and do what they think is best instead of what God thinks is best.  And am I on the correct side of the issues of our day (that is, God's side, and not my side)?  I've always known you can't legislate morality so how do you promote the proper values?

So many crazy questions swirling through my head.  I'm not even sure I can fully express them.  But I've always believed in leading by example so I'll keep working through it and trying to walk the walk.


At 12:52 PM , Blogger Tricia said...

I think like you said, you just walk the walk. Lead by example. Maybe it's because of social media, but people not only voice their opinions and beliefs, but they shove them down others throats. I know when I see that as an example of any religion I am very turned off by it. You are a good person, a good husband & dad- keep on keepin on ; o )

At 2:53 PM , Blogger sydwynd said...

Trish: Thanks. Much appreciated. I think part of the problem with our society today is that we've lost the ability for polite discourse. It begins at the lowest levels and goes all the way to Congress. My way or the highway. How did we let things get this far?

At 3:09 PM , Blogger Jude said...

I think you're living your life right Vince, and you're doing your part by raising your kids (the next generation afterall) they way you feel they should be. You DO lead them by example.

That is so incredibly sad about your friends baby, very heartbreaking. I'm adding them to my prayers and keeping them in my good thoughts....

At 6:08 PM , Blogger sydwynd said...

Jude: Thanks. They're managing pretty well as they're occupied with caring for the other two. But they said it hits them from time to time when they realize one's missing.

At 9:21 AM , Blogger Jude said...

Bless them, it must be the hardest loss to endure.

At 6:30 PM , Anonymous Kate said...

I appreciate your walk and your well thought out thoughts that go with the walk. You have taught me much and even if I can't always claim to agree, I enjoy a good perspective with intelligent points and you always have those 2 things.

As far as your friends, I'm so sorry. I can't imagine what they are going through. If I even try to imagine losing Finn, I can't breathe. All I know is they are lucky to have loved ones like you around. I am sure your support means more than they could ever say.

Also, I agree oftentimes we are either too afraid or don't want to take on the trouble it will cause to speak up with what we know to be true.

At 7:21 PM , Blogger sydwynd said...

Kate: Thanks. Any parent cannot contemplate the loss of their child but as an infant, it's even more tragic. They're holding up as well as can be expected and focusing on the two children that need them.

I think many times we don't speak up because we're afraid what others, especially our friends, will think. But at the same time if a person really believes in something, they should speak up for what they think is right. And if a person that says they're a friend and cannot understand differences of opinion, then they're not really a friend, are they.


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