“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Have you ever had to go against public opinion or advice from family members, friends or peers from the workplace?

Shortly after Elizabeth gave birth to the baby that became the “Baptist;” it was time to name the child; and tradition dictated the name would be in honor of a family member. Likely the family members were insistent, and when Elizabeth didn’t agree with them, they would appealed to Zechariah; but, as he was told by the angel Gabriel the name was to be “John” – together they remained obedient to the Lord’s command which went against tradition and public opinion.

We live in world today with political leaders that are often driven more by public opinion than what is the right thing to do. We are each called to live a life on obedience-based decisions, not on popular public opinion.  Jesus lived a life based on a purity of purpose and mission, yet the Pharisees wanted Him to conform to the rules of religious tradition. He died because He lived to obey an audience of One, not tradition or public opinion.

Are we being challenged to live a life of conviction versus one simply for pleasing others…or even worst – just ourselves? Can we be true to what God has called you and I to do no matter the cost?

“When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.” – Ezra Taft Benson

…just something to think about!

José Ponton, Jr.