Today marks my first ever late night post. It was a busy day, punctuated by the never fun and always unpredictable car trouble that was luckily a very cheap fix. But it was another reminder of how God works in wondrous ways. Any other day, I would have been left to go through the normal steps of a broken down vehicle: call a tow truck, hail an “Uber” to the mechanics, sit at the mechanic shop until either my wife was off or the car was fixed. But today, God lined it up so my unexpected vehicle maintenance landed on a day when we had amazing family in town that were able to come to my rescue and easily help get my vehicle to a mechanic and not leave me and my kids stranded there all day until it was done.
I’m not a very mechanical person. The depth of my vehicle maintenance work does not go much deeper than oil/filter/brake changing. So whenever I experience car trouble I am not one to be able to fix the problem on my own. I really need to get better at that because automobiles are an essential part of our existence any more. The bottom line is that I know as stressful as unexpected vehicle maintenance is, it’s usually something preventable. If I had been taking my car in for routine maintenance the mechanics would have probably caught this issue before it became just that. And if I had spent my younger days learning a tangible skill like engine mechanics instead of wasting my free-time playing video games and watching movies, I might have easily been able to diagnose the problem myself.
For some reason we like to blame God for all the unexpected break-downs we have in our lives. Why did this have to happen to me God? Why now? Why today? But if we take a moment to pause and reflect, I think we can all see that most of the problems we face are due to our own actions. Actually, almost all the problems we are facing now are due to our own actions. Accountability. I focused on that main issue as the starting point for lasting change in this country in my book Common Sense Reborn. We need to be accountable for our own actions and get to work fixing the problems we have created. It needs to start right here. It needs to start right now.
1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)
Colossians is a very short letter. It begins a trend of the next six letters that seem to get shorter and shorter until we reach Hebrews. You will begin to see that the letters state mostly the same thing over and over again, which is good because it shows Paul’s consistency. The reading plans get easier and easier from here on out. And I’ll speak about that in the monthly preview starting at the end of this week. But for now, let’s take a quick look at the verses above.
I jumped to Chapter Three because that was the first verse that jumped out at me. You’ll see some memorable ones when you read Colossians 1 today, such as verse 1:16. But I love this start to Chapter Three because it reminds us to set our hearts and minds on things above and not on “earthly things.” Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Keep your focus on Him, and Him alone. Don’t let the trends of this wayward culture sway you from what is the most important: Loving God and Loving All People.
Reading plan: Colossians 1
Deeper reading plan: Isaiah 57, 58
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: Week 4 of July’s circuit. 25 reps, 3 rounds. We’re getting extra strong this month!
- Hand-release push-up
- Cross-punch sit-up
- Flowsteps (25-each leg)
- Side planks with rotations (25-each side)
- Jumping lunges (25-each leg)
- Leg Lifts