One day, God was looking down at earth and saw all of the bad behavior that was going on. So he called one of his angels and sent the angel to earth for a time.
When the angel returned, he told God, 'Yes, it is bad on Earth. 95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not'. God thought for a moment and said 'Maybe I had better send down a second angel to get another opinion'.
So, God called another angel and sent her down to earth for a time, too. When the angel returned, she went to God and said, 'Yes, it's true. The earth is in decline; 95% are misbehaving, but 5% are being good'.
God was not pleased, so he decided to e-mail the 5% who were good because he wanted to encourage them and give them a little something to help keep them going.
You know what the e-mail said?
Okay, just wondering. I didn't get one either.
My first thought was "funny". My second thought was "ouch". Ouch because I wondered if God was really to do this, would I get an email? After all, the joke doesn't say if you have accepted Christ as your savior. Nor does it say if you call yourself a Christian. It was if you are "being good".
None, no not one is TRULY good accept for Christ. But we who claim Him should be trying daily to be as good as we can. We should be trying to follow the laws and commandments of the Bible. Jesus said that "if you love me you will obey me". That's pretty straight forward. We should be being the "best we can be", as the old army commercial theme song used to say. After all, we are in the Lord's army! And Jesus is our General. Are we following His "marching orders" or have we gone "AWOL"?
Or have the trials and trouble of this world left you feeling "shell shocked" and unable to proceed? Are you lying in the "infirmary" of confusion and self doubt? Have the enemy of worldly things taken your heart or mind "captive"? "Missing in action" because you are afraid you won't measure up, don't trust your training. Did you indeed become AWOL? Are you "dodging" your calling and your "duty"? Step up and get your "field orders" from the Holy Spirit! "March" in time to His will! "Enlist" in some soul searching and confession. Get in "basic training" through the word and the church.
Present yourself "ready for action", one of the "few, the proud, the called"!
National prayer day would be a good place to start. Prayer for our misguided nation. For our leaders. For the world. And most importantly, for yourself and His leadership, scrutiny, forgiveness and blessing. For the only way to truly change anything is to change yourself.