Common Sense Daily Devotional Preview

January 6

1”Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.  If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in Heaven.

2So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others.  Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  (Matthew 6:1-4)

Despite this devotion having a fitness and wellness challenge associated with it, I have not said a word about diets or nutrition.  I did not want to include any food advice because I personally do not have any.  I was either blessed with a great metabolism, or I created one by being very active as a kid and then being involved in sports and working out as a teenager and always maintaining some level of fitness.  So this will be my first nutritional advice:  in the year ahead, one desert you should eat plenty of is humble pie.

In the age of social media and wanting to post every good deed or praise-worthy action on our social accounts, I beg you, do not do so.  As you change your heart, change your social habits as well.  Social media is often the enemy of our faith.  All the victories won here should be between you and God, not you and your social followers.  So, please, be modest and humble about the great things and acts you are committing this year in the name of Christ.  This is not to make you feel like you should not be proud of all you are doing, but as Jesus plainly stated in the verse above, you need to be so giving that your left hand does not know what your right hand is doing.

Reading plan:  Matthew Chapter 7

Deeper reading plan:  add on Genesis Chapters 22-24

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for your request from day 1 and ask God to help you stay humble.

Fitness challenge:  Second week of our 7×14 challenge.  Only one set still, but hopefully you are feeling a difference.

1.  Standard push-up                2.  Sit-up or crunches

3.  Air squats                                4.  Hand-release push-up

5.  Leg lifts                                    6.  Lunges (7-each leg)

7.  4-count flutter kick

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