I use to be one of those Americans who was thankful for my right to vote, yet I did not vote. I rationalized that one vote does not really make a difference in the big picture. However, recently, I have realized that God never asks me to make all the difference in the big picture; He simply asks me to do what I can. I voted today!
I live in a very Democratic and very liberal state. California can be the leader in many political ideas. We have two propositions facing us today in CA. One deals with abortions for minors and another with homosexual marriages. These have been big issues in the state. Our church has had 24-hr. prayer vigils to bring these matters before the Lord. My children not only know where we stand but why. On the way to school this morning, Andrew expected to see signs in everyone's yard, since it "is election day." He also commented when one neighbor had a "Yes on 8" sign and another neighbor had a "No on 8" sign that those two people "must not like each other very much." I explained that people have different opinions, but God asks us to do what is right and to still love others!
However the outcome, I am so thankful that I serve a powerful God. The state of CA may take a bad turn, but I know my condition is sure.
By the way, it has been a crazy week at our house. Just to summarize: a mainline water pipe broke in our front yard; our second car is out of commission; Gary is on jury duty; we have a possible two offers accepted on houses; but, I still did get out and vote!