Americans still have the opportunity to elect officials, which is a freedom that many countries don’t because they live under a different form of government. My husband and I appreciate the privilege, so after retiring, we began volunteering as election workers. During early voting, our polling location has several Evid inspectors to greet and process voters.
On one particular day, the site was full of people. They formed lines in front of each inspector, waiting for us to process their ballots.
“Good morning; how are you today?” I said as I greeted the young man who stepped in front of my desk.
“I’m great, thanks,” he replied.
I opened my hand expectantly. “May I see proper identification, which includes your photo and signature, please?”
After verifying he was registered, I handed him the ballot as I motioned to my right, where a row of booths was along the wall. “You may take your ballot to any open booth,” I said.
He turned to the left with a massive grin on his face. He looked straight at his wife with great enthusiasm and planted a kiss on her lips. Then, he exclaimed, “Come on honey, let’s do it!” as he grabbed her hand.
I will forever remember their broad grins and laughter as they rushed toward a booth to vote. Their hands clasped together as the husband tugged, and she skipped along.
Their thrill for the opportunity to vote made me realize how many people are indifferent to their chance to change the world. The prospect of making an impact on society. Is dreaming of and hoping for a better tomorrow out of reach.
The confidence of the young couple is a reminder not to be fearful or be discouraged because God promises us hope. Our faith is not in the government or the president; however, we have a responsibility to seize every opportunity given to us to say, “Yes, Let’s do it! Win the world for Christ.”
This memory reminds me that the choices we make have the potential to transform the future. Like the word in Isaiah 40:31 says,"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Also, our love and hope can change those around us. Last, we should seek every opportunity to spread the love of Christ to those we meet along the way as we trust God like the words in Romans 15:13 (NIV): “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come into your presence with thanks and praise. Please forgive me for the times that my attitude does not align with your Spirit or Word. Please, I need your help to keep my eyes fixed on you and not this chaotic world. Open my ears, so I clearly hear your voice and do you will here on earth. I know you will exceed my wildest imaginations by far. Thank you for the knowledge that my hope is in you alone.
Your turn: What dreams for the future has God placed in your heart?