Convictions

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“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of 
my mouth.” – Revelation 3:16

What are your convictions? The principles you live by?

If you were asked to list them, could you?

And if you can list them,  would they be honestly YOURS?

Or  would the list be only the opinions of someone else?

We need to have well-formed, personal convictions that we will stand up for, regardless of danger, embarrassment, or our own timidity .

How do we get that? Oftentimes, our convictions come from our family upbringing. We develop ideas from the ideas of our parents. Of course, many of us discard those convictions as we get older, believing them old-fashioned, or out-of-date in a fast, high-powered world.

Today, many of the principles we once lived by seem to have been thrown out the window and traded-in for popular opinion.  We don’t want to appear different from others, we look at media personalities and take on their personas rather than develop our own.

Why do we do this? Is it because creating convictions requires deep thought and we simply don’t have, or take, time to do that? We have little silence in our world. And the multitude of  noises that daily assault us don’t allow for much critical thinking.

This is too bad.  Because our thoughts always precede our actions.   Our thoughts present us with a  choice.  But if we can’t, or won’t,  hear them, we may as well forget even trying to form a principle, much less write down a list of them.

Each of us as individuals are so very important to life itself.  We may not think we are, but we are part of a plan in the mind of a God who loves us. He has given us a part to play in this world He put us in.  In this time, in whatever place we are, our convictions are important.

Indeed, the strong convictions of even one person can better the universe in ways we may never suspect or understand.

Let’s think about our convictions. Let’s not be without principles.

Let’s not be afraid to express them, and to act on them.

Let’s not be wishy-washy about what we believe.

People disagree. But God allows for heart-felt belief on every side of any issue.  He expects that we will have thought about it though.  In fact, I believe He demands us to come up with our own personal, and well-thought out, convictions of the heart.

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Copyright 2014 Kaye Hinckley

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