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  • Writer's pictureHeather Thomas Van Deren

When? - Where? - Who? - What? - Why? - guest author Rex Lake

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

Most everyone remembers the five questions taught to us as young students... "The Five Ws" - When? Where? Who? What? Why? We were taught these were terms to consider as we attempted to construct effective sentences, paragraphs and stories. The Five Ws are the journalist's foundation and path to discovery.

These five terms still apply to resolving many situations and scenarios in our daily lives. We need to ask ourselves these questions from time to time in order to insure we are conducting our lives effectively, productively, and compassionately, especially in our spiritual lives and relationship with others. Perhaps we even need to include our societies, our nation and our world!

As we ask these questions, it causes us to confront our complacency and current status in life. Why am I at this point in my life? When did I give up on my dreams? What is keeping me from being all God wants me to be? Where did I take a wrong turn? Who cares about me, anyway? WOW! That really became a negative activity. Bummer, huh?... Yes, it is seemingly negative, but sometimes we may need to go there in order to achieve positive results!

I am very concerned about where our nation is headed these days and what part we, as Christians, are playing in all that. Are we taking the fight to the foe, or being passive, thinking all is OK? Have we folded our arms and adopted the mindset of "whatever will be will be? Matthew 16:18 says, "... and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it". Our Lord was speaking to Peter regarding his stance in faith proclaiming Jesus as supreme. We are to do that as well, and we WILL prevail against evil! We will have difficulties along the way, just as the disciples did, but I've read the back of the Book and we win!

When we are "saved", we become ambassadors for Christ. Why? Because we owed a debt we could not pay. Scripture says, "... we are bought with a price and we are not our own." (1 Cor. 6: 19-20) Our challenge today is to keep doing, keep going, keep fighting. Do not become discouraged or faint-hearted. Do not doubt your worth in this life! Jesus loves you! And together we can advance the kingdom of God and His Good News!

Can you vote? Can you speak out? Can you write a letter? Make a call? Sign a petition? Contribute money and materials? Write a song? Let's just do what we can. God will do all the rest... as only He can. Let's seek to be the ones who follow in His footsteps!

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