Happy Hump Day Y’all! For those following this blog you may remember that I mentioned on Sunday that I was going to give some advice on balancing your day to open more time to spend with family and do the things that truly matter. Well, I am only two days into this week so it is hard for me to judge. I am currently working a different schedule than my normal: I go into work at 6 AM and get off roughly close to 5 PM. I have a thirty minute drive two and from work, so that’s 12 hours out of my day dedicated to work. Yet, for the last two days I have had time to cook my wife and I dinner each night, read the Bible, do my workouts, and FaceTime our kids while they are at their Great Grandmother’s for the week. Tonight I even squeezed in finishing this blog entry so I can send it in the AM. Do you know what my secret has been the last two days? It’s quite simple: I’ve stayed off my phone.
Social media and our obsessions with our phones/computers is destroying us. We spend way to much time scrolling and trolling everyone else’s lives that we have stopped living our own. Put the phone down, in your pocket, on the charger. Leave it alone. Spend time with one another. Spend time with God, spend time with Jesus. It’s time we plugged back into the natural world and unplug ourselves from this virtual prison.
25Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:27)
Here again, much like yesterday, we see a beautiful prose in one single verse. As you will see in many of the verses we will look at in Philippians, Paul gives simple, clear instruction on how to live as a Christian. This verse should be your mantra as a Christian. Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner WORTHY of the gospel of Christ. A family member loses their battle to cancer, conduct yourself worthy of the Gospel. You lose your job due to Coronavirus, conduct yourself worthy of the Gospel. Someone insults the color of your skin, conduct yourself worthy of the Gospel.
So how do you “conduct” yourself worthy of the Gospel. Well, first and foremost you let love lead the way. Live your life with a heart filled with love and compassion for God, His creations and for people. Next you always offer forgiveness and grace to those that may offend or hurt you. And, perhaps the hardest, especially in this day and age of social media, is to not judge others. Not one of us is perfect, none without blemish, so instead of judging others, find ways to better help lift them up. Treat others the way you would want to be treated. All of these are ways to conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel.
Reading plan: Philippians 2:12-30
Deeper reading plan: Isaiah 43, 44, 45
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: This week we max out our July circuit, 25 reps for 3 rounds.
- Hand-release push-up
- Cross-punch sit-ups
- Flowsteps (25-each leg)
- Side planks with rotations (25 per side)
- Jumping lunges (25-each leg)
- Leg Lifts