Wednesday, 19 September 2018

M Michele's Musings

Aidan and His Red, White & Star Spangled Cap

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This past week my daughter came to visit me with my youngest grandson in tow. Aidan, who is three years old now, was outfitted in bright patriotic colors with mixed designs of our countries flag from head to toe. Most important, the brim of his cap was red and white striped and the top of the cap is navy blue with white stars like the United States flag.   I commented on his outfit, for a second almost forgetting we were in June not July; thus, not quite celebrating the historic date yet. Tuesday said, “Aidan, tell Nana what kind of hat you have.” He promptly pulled the cap from his unruly mop of coffee colored curls, proudly lifting it high. With a happy smile he jubilantly announced, “This is my Donald Trump hat.

Tuesday then relayed that they were at the store a week or so prior. Aidan, who has a collection of caps he wears, had seen the cap on a rack and immediately ran to it, pulled it off and asked his mother if she could buy the “Donald Trump” hat for him. She was a bit surprised and is not certain how he equated the hat with Donald Trump as they don’t watch much television or news for Aidan to have made a connection. But apparently, Aidan, though only three, had made a connection between the two in his mind. The cap is now his favorite which he wears all the time.

I thought about it and had to agree from my own recollections that Donald Trump always seems to have an American flag proudly displayed nearby. Then I did a little internet search just to make sure that my memories were accurate and found that he frequently wears the red, white and blue as well; possibly as a statement of his oft declared love for America.

It is pretty incredible that a three-year-old child equated a cap with our country’s flag on it to our current president, so much so, that he called the cap his “Donald Trump” hat! This, of course, sent my mind whirling.   If a small child recognized the correlation between a man and a flag how much more should a Christian be recognized as a follower of Jesus Christ by everything he or she represents. We all have heard the slang sayings, “Walk the Talk” or “Walk the Walk” which means to back up or prove what’s said with action or practice what’s taught or preached. As Christians, we should strive to talk and walk as the Bible encourages. Christ is our greatest example to follow. We can also follow those who walk as Christ walked as Paul encouraged other believers in 1st Corinthians 11:1, “Be followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” There are many scriptures that outline how a Christian should walk beginning at loving and continuing all the way to forgiving with lots of guidelines in between. However, I think Jesus said it best in Luke 10:27 and Matthew 22:37. The two scriptures pretty much sum up how we should all walk, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” When we love God first and foremost all else will follow. We will do our best to obey Him and always strive to please Him even in the midst of our imperfections. The love we have for God will overflow into love for our family, friends, neighbors and all people. That love will make us better people and give us the desire to follow the “Golden Rule” toward others, “In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

Even walking the walk, we will not be perfect. There will be times we will fail and make mistakes but God’s grace is there to help us go forward, grow in Christ and become more like Christ every single day we follow Him. As followers of Christ, each of us should have the desire to make a difference in this life. We should strive to contribute something valuable and lasting to our world, our sphere of influence. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 I have often pondered this beloved quote attributed to William J. Thoms that is often seen on many a church sign, “Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible someone may ever read.”   Many centuries ago, Francis of Assisi penned these wisdom filled words, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” God’s desire for us is that each of us would walk as He has called us to walk so that we can make a difference, a positive difference in this world. Each of us should be banners for Christ drawing all men to God because of the way we display His love in every area of our life.

“For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,

‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,

that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

Acts 13:47

God’s love should be reflected in us and through us; much like Donald Trump’s love for America is demonstrated by the way he surrounds himself with backdrops of flags and the way he chooses to dress. Perhaps, just like Aidan equated the star spangled cap with Donald Trump, people we meet should see Jesus reflected in and through us because of our love for God and for humankind. And perchance, like President Trump’s love for this country and Aidan’s love for his cap, those we have an effect upon will find God and love Him. And just maybe, as they choose to walk with Christ they will make a difference in the world possibly even becoming “the only Bible” someone in their sphere of influence may ever read.  One person touching another is how God will bring His salvation to the ends of the earth. We are all a special and unique creation to further God’s plan and kingdom upon this earth but we must walk the walk!  

May God bless, keep and strengthen you to walk with Christ everyday so that you can be a difference maker in your world! Never forget, God loves you with an everlasting love. You are His beautiful beloved child. There is only one you and He has chosen you for a special purpose that only you are able to complete.    

Praying that your Fourth of July Holiday is blessed beyond measure. As we all celebrate this 242nd Independence Day may we joyfully declare our love for America. May we remember to be thankful and celebrate the wonderful freedoms bestowed upon us as citizens of this great country that was founded upon God’s principles outlined in Holy Scripture. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” --Thomas Jefferson

Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  

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