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Navigating National Anxiety: How Will You Show Up?

As we approach the 2024 US Election, the nation's anxiety levels are rising. With less than six months to go, debates and discussions about values and votes are intensifying. According to recent statistics:


  • 67% of Americans believe political divisions have worsened since 2021. Only 8% feel the country has become less divided.

  • 62% expect political division to increase in the coming years.

  • 60% anticipate a rise in political violence. A mere 9% expect a decline.

(Source: today.yougov.com)


These figures are sobering, reflecting the increasing rarity of civil discourse and the growing tensions threatening friendships and families.


This brings us to an essential question: How will YOU show up during these next six months of political and social unrest? Will you conduct yourself with grace and poise? Will you engage in calm and respectful discussions, or will you add fuel to the already burning flames of anger and anxiety?


Today, my devotional offered a timely reminder: "Do What is Right," even when it's challenging.


Credit: Power Thoughts Devotional, Joyce Meyer

In these moments, we face a choice. When you don't feel like saying something nice or talking to someone, will you react with anger and hurtful words, or will you choose to do what is right? Remember, we have the power to be the salt and the light in a world that desperately needs it.


How to Show Up with Grace

  1. Practice Grace and Poise: Engage in political discussions calmly and respectfully. Avoid reacting in anger, even if others are heated.

  2. Respect Different Opinions: Share your views while listening to others. Acknowledge their perspectives without judgment.

  3. Do the Right Thing: As highlighted in the devotional, choose to do what is right, even when it's difficult. Treat others the way you believe Jesus would treat them.

  4. Be a Positive Influence: Lead by example. Your calm and respectful demeanor can inspire others. Show that it’s possible to have strong opinions without hostility.

  5. Seek Common Ground: Focus on shared values and goals rather than differences. This approach can help reduce tension and build connections.


The Power of Choice

We don't have to forgo our opinions, but we also don't need to be ruthless, cruel, or hostile about our beliefs. By gathering together respectfully and understanding each other's perspectives, we can make a significant difference. Let's choose to be leaders who illuminate the way with our good deeds, kind words, and actions.

With God's help, we can navigate this challenging time with grace and integrity, regardless of how we feel. Let's make a conscious effort to be different and set an example that others will want to follow.


Call to Action

How will you choose to show up during this election season?


By weaving the core messages of the images into your narrative and providing actionable steps, my hope is that this blog post will inspire and encourage positive behavior during a time of heightened tension.


I strongly encourage you to watch this super impactful lesson on how we can show up in a positive way this election year - it was profound!


If you would like a copy of any of the devotionals or books I reference, please request one below, and I would be honored to send you one. Please reference the title of the post/devotional to ensure I send you the correct devotional/author. See my mission in the "About Me" link.


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