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CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE
Friday, January 8, 2021 by Leona choy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God spoke to me in the Czech language this morning. Yes, He did.

I just awakened and wanted to remember something that I thought of during the night. I found pen and paper and searched for something substantial to put underneath the
paper as I wrote. I pulled a book from my bookcase at random. The adjoining picture is the front cover of that book.

The book was in Czech for children to learn about the months of the year and the changing seasons in short poetic couplets that rhyme (in Czech) at the end of both lines. I can read and speak Czech at about the kids' level since it was my first language growing up in Iowa. My beloved Czech grandmother, Frantiska, who didn't speak any English, cared for me from my infancy while my parents both worked. Translated, the title of the book means: “Whether the climate is hot or cold, on earth everything gives us joy.”

(Phone me 540-877-1813 and I'll read you the couplet in Czech!)

Wow! That little rhyme packs a monster truth with some underlying principles that apply to the climate change controversy, also to my life attitude. The entire global dispute about climate change could well follow the principle of subsidiarity—a big word packed with meaning. “Subsidiarity is an organizing principle to explain how most matters ought to be handled and problems solved at the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority. Political decisions should be made at a local level, if possible, rather than by a dissent central authority.”

Why should we get bent out of shape worrying about who or what is the source of change in climate over the millennia of time? History and even pre-history shows us that there have always been climate changes: catastrophic and minor, sudden and gradual over centuries and decades, even in our lifetimes. Everything in creation changes. Except our Creator God. It is a built-in earth principle. Human beings, this planet's temporary inhabitants, have to go with the flow.

In time past, man didn't have the capability to alter either his immediate environment or the atmosphere at large or even his personal comfort zone–other than putting on heavy clothing during freezing weather or shedding his clothes in the heat.  Now we are able to climate control our habitat “whether hot or cold” with a thermostat.

On an all-encompassing scale, we are now capable of releasing energy by rearrangement of atomic nuclei through nuclear fission or fusion to destroy ourselves and all mankind—and in the process pollute and irreparably contaminate our immediate environment and the earth's atmosphere in dangerous ways previously unimagined.

Isn't climate change on earth ultimately vested in God as the “Central Authority?”

Isn't it best that we leave climate change to Him while we first “take it at a local level” to do what we can ourselves? We are “the smallest, lowest competent authority.” Let's do our share and our personal best.

There is a secondary meaning to the word “atmosphere.” The word refers to “one's dominant mood or emotional tone, our attitude.” We also have a thermostat which is well within our ability to control through our free will. We can have our own “climate change” at any time through our change of attitude which can transcend our immediate environment or circumstances—whether hot or cold, rain or shine, whether adversity or success, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in want. “On earth (svete) 'vse' (everything) 'tesi nas'—(gives us joy.)” Or as James in 1:2 counsels, “if we encounter various trials, consider it all joy.”

Guess what? I forgot what I originally wanted to remember to write down this morning because God spoke so loudly and clearly to me about my own responsibility for “climate control” through that pithy little Czech couplet. I get it: All joy! I'm contented. I accept God's work in my life.

The apostle Paul expressed it (Amplified Version of Philippians 4:11,12,) “I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess— Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy....Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One [Jesus] who makes me who I am.”

I join the hymn writer of “It is Well With My Soul,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nJ6wQpLmuo Regardless of what is going on around me or within me these days, whether the continuation of sheltered-in-place, the prolonged pandemic, the turbulence on the political scene, I'm in charge of my thermostat, my “dominant mood and emotional tone.”


Comments

Sara From Las Vegas NV At 1/10/2021 10:39:34 PM

I wish I knew Czech so I can call you and listen but instead I will just enjoy your writings. God bless you!

Reply by: Leona Choy

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Cathy D. Dudley From Botetourt County, VA At 1/9/2021 1:39:22 PM

Excellent Thoughts ~ Thank you, Leona.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I want to be sure you know about INTERCESSORS FOR AMERICA WWW.ifapray.org to help you pray during these perilous times. Just take a look at their resources, videos, Prayer Guides, up-to-the-minute news for prayer. I totally recommend this conservative Christian, biblical, non-partisan ministry which has been active for decades.

Jeanne Barbieri From Annapolis, Md At 1/9/2021 12:31:36 PM

Thank you Leona for setting me on the right track to keeping my thermostat regulated. It took a crazy path this past Wed, the 6th of Jan. I can take charge of my own attitude with God,s loving help.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I want to be sure you know about INTERCESSORS FOR AMERICA WWW.ifapray.org to help you pray during these perilous times. Just take a look at their resources, videos, Prayer Guides, up-to-the-minute news for prayer. I totally recommend this conservative Christian, biblical, non-partisan ministry which has been active for decades.

Susan Smith From Sparta Va At 1/9/2021 8:07:44 AM

Exactly what I needed this morning. Thanks for the post

Reply by: Leona Choy

I want to be sure you know about INTERCESSORS FOR AMERICA WWW.ifapray.org to help you pray during these perilous times. Just take a look at their resources, videos, Prayer Guides, up-to-the-minute news for prayer. I totally recommend this conservative Christian, biblical, non-partisan ministry which has been active for decades.

James Duda From Winchester, VA At 1/9/2021 6:05:14 AM

Bravo! I almost always cringe when I see someone talking about climate change, but your words were refreshing and sound. I can start the day with joy in my heart! Thank you and God Bless.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I want to be sure you know about INTERCESSORS FOR AMERICA WWW.ifapray.org to help you pray during these perilous times. Just take a look at their resources, videos, Prayer Guides, up-to-the-minute news for prayer. I totally recommend this conservative Christian, biblical, non-partisan ministry which has been active for decades.

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