During this long weekend we were able to spend a couple days in Washington D.C. as a family. It was a beautiful weekend to walk around D.C. As we walked and saw the monuments, Arlington Cemetery, and the White House, I thought about all the pressure and weight so many leaders have carried. It might have been seeing the serious face of Abraham Lincoln or the silence at the grave of the Unknown Solider. Leaders have so many decisions that carry impact that even out live them. Even though we may not have the weight of these leaders of our country, we need wisdom and understanding daily in our lives too.
Colossians 2:1-5 talks about how Paul has a great desire for people to know God. As we walked around D.C., I learned things I had never known about our country. The little pieces of history I learned about Arlington Cemetery helped me understand why it existed, and it gave me a great appreciation for cemetery. We talked about what we saw and read with our kids hoping to give them a love for their country and history. As Paul writes, he says, "My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Our country is amazing, but there is no comparison to knowing Christ. The more I know Him, the better life is. We can have more wisdom and knowledge. Knowing God gives us understanding, confidence, peace, love, compassion, clarity, and the list keeps going.
On the grave of the Unknown Solider it says, "known only to God". God knows me...totally, inside and out. How well do I know Him? The more I know Him the better I can make choices. These verses are a great reminder to me to daily learn about Christ. Let's... look for His work and thank Him, and listen to His words and change.