political, but not politics

I've been trying to write this post for weeks now. I've written and rewritten, but I just can't seem to get these words perfect, but I feel like they are important to be said, so bear with me. 

I think we have trouble now days knowing how to love and be loved - especially on a day like today. 

We live in a world that is constantly seeking for attention, whether it is for likes on our Instagram, a smile from that cute boy in history class, or even affirmation of our political beliefs. Or at least, I do anyways. 

But today I challenge you, amidst a world grabbing for attention, don't. Listen to the loud man in line at the voting poll in front of you with an empathetic heart. Remember that we are a nation of individuals facing unique struggles and sometimes that means our political beliefs don't match up perfectly - and that's okay. In fact, it's a darn great gift that they don't. Your worth is far greater than a political argument and the person next to you is worth far greater as well.

Now, I am not saying don't discuss politics, but do so with an understanding heart. And if you feel like you can best love someone by not talking about it, then don't talk about it. 

I truly believe in my heart of hearts that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (and even Gary Johnson) care for the American people. I do believe that they would not have even considered this job if they didn't have a desire to help our sweet country. Have grace with them, as they are people too. Just like you and me they are imperfect and mess up. It happens, and if you're anything like me it happens a lot, only difference is that my mistakes aren't broadcasted and criticized on every channel. Have grace. And whoever ends up winning tonight have respect, as that person just accepted the hardest job in the world.

While he or she is the head of the country, we are the body. We have the power to enact change, but that starts with loving each other well.

God bless America. 

P.S.: If you are the praying kind here is a great resource from Steve Wiens, I'd love to invite you to spend 15 minutes in prayer for our country and its leaders today.