The remaining men and women who weren’t killed by these weapons went on their merry way—didn’t change their way of life, didn’t quit worshiping demons, didn’t quit centering their lives around lumps of gold and silver and brass, hunks of stone and wood that couldn’t see or hear or move. There wasn’t a sign of a change of heart. Revelation 9:20-21 (TM)
Suffering, struggle and persecution are spiritual signposts directing us to internal matters of eternal importance. How we respond to difficult times and circumstances is a spiritual EKG. Despite my general optimism, I can’t deny the fact that some people are spiritually walking around with hearts that flat-lined long ago and they will not change. It’s not my job to change that fact or to judge them – it’s my job just to love, to accept, to forgive and to keep my own focus on things eternal.