CSR Daily Devotion

I know on the Common Sense Reborn project I have championed against not getting sucked into watching hours and hours of mindless entertainment, which most of these streaming services offer endless opportunities to get trapped in. Well, I have a confession to make. As much as I wanted 2020 to be a year free of distractions for me, my family and I have been sucked into the Marvel Universe portal this year. It all began with our 8-year-old daughter watching Captain Marvel for the first time back in early February. She got hooked on Carol Danvers’ character and story. From that launching point we went through the entire 22-movie marathon series. It became our Friday night tradition, although some weekends we could not wait a full week to watch the next movie in the series. Until this year I had not really bought into the Marvel mania, but after watching the series I found a new appreciation for it. And it all led to the epic conclusion in Avengers: Endgame. I bring this all up because my daughter has started re-watching some of the movies in the series again. We just finished Infinity War and Endgame this last week. While these movies do nothing to better us as a society, they are entertaining, and can be great motivators to us, especially our children. Captain Marvel is a great role model for young girls. I love that my daughter looks at a character such as her and feels like she can accomplish anything when Carol gets knocked down numerous times as a child, but always has the strength to stand back up. And who doesn’t love the character Chris Evans portrayed as Captain America, who never quit the fight against Thanos despite the odds stacked against him.

While I was on my first deployment, and taken over our platoon’s bible study, we started an eight-week series looking at the books of the New Testament. The series marched toward our final week of our deployment where we ended the series with our “Endgame: Romans” study (if you are interested in seeing that copy, send me a message and I will forward it to you). I still have the pamphlet I created for that series. I had not seen the movie at that point, so my studies were based on a simple quote: “I love you 3000.” I had read on the internet where that quote had come from in the movie, so I thought that was a great way to demonstrate Jesus’ love for us. We may tell Jesus we love Him tons, but He always responds with a one-upper: He loves us 3000.

I bring this up because after reading today’s devotion, why not make tonight a movie night! And if you have never seen the Marvel movie magic, give it a try. Just be balanced. Balance entertainment with service and time in worship. That is all we need in this world: proper balance. We need to be able to find time to enjoy God, enjoy ourselves, enjoy others, and still devote time to serving God, serving others, and serving ourselves. In the week ahead we’ll discuss some ways to find better balance of your time for the remainder of 2020.

Shane & Shane released a great new album of classic covers last week.

July 18

33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.  (Ephesians 5:33)

Today is a Saturday, so why not do something spontaneous with your significant other.  Whether you are married or just dating, we tend to let the busyness of life get in the way of showing those who matter most in life the attention they always deserve.  My wife and I have been a couple for over fifteen years.  We can count on one hand the amount of “dates” we have been on since our first child came along.  That is largely due to the fact that we love our children more than anything in the world and often would rather spend an evening out with them.  But all couples need time to reflect and reignite the love that once burned strong between them.  Think about all the romance and chemistry we lay on thick when we first start courting the one we feel is worthy of our attention.  Keep that passion alive by doing something special on this Saturday night.  Men, treat your ladies to a romantic dinner on a random summer evening.  Ladies, take your men out for a night of exploring your town and your favorite spots.  Even Paul knew how important the sanctity of relationships is for happiness here on Earth.  It’s been a rough year, you all need at least one evening of letting go and focusing on your love for one another.

Reading plan:  Phillipians 1:1-11

Deeper reading plan: Isaiah 31, 32, 33

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for our country.  Pray for love to conquer all.  Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.

Fitness challenge:  Run four miles for time.

Serve Day:  Wherever you can serve, make sure you are doing so safely and wearing the proper PPE!

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