I have been keeping my chatter down to a minimum on these posts because I do not want to take away from my wife’s devotionals. But once September hits, I’ll be back in full force. I do have something I want to touch on today, because it rocked my world last night.
I know I have spoken out a lot about the entertainment industry and the distractions they generate. But this summer, due to us being on lockdowns and staying home more than we ever thought possible, my family and I finally fell in love with the Marvel Universe and all the amazing characters brought to life in that film empire. Well, Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of Black Panther was my third favorite character behind Captain America and Iron Man (Iron Man really only moved up to number #2 after his sacrifice in End Game). So, like the rest of the world, I was floored last night when the AP News update flashed on my phone that Mr. Boseman had lost a battle to colon cancer at the extremely young age of 43. What shook me to the core, however, was the fact that I HAD NO IDEA he was even suffering from colon cancer. This amazing man brought the world some of his best work while battling one of the worst forms of cancer. And never put it out there for the world to see. A true silent professional. Acting is what it is, pretending to be someone else in a safe setting, but for that man to maintain his level of physique and abilities all while his body suffered is a true testament to his character and grit. If hearing the news of Mr. Boseman’s death does not motivate you to use your talents to make the world a better place, then I guess nothing will. Make your life matter. Change the world.
This song below was one of the new releases put out yesterday on Spotify’s New Music Friday Christian Playlist and I was listening to it driving home, taking in the beauty of the morning and thinking that 2020 has not been so bad. Then I got the news of Mr. Boseman’s passing, and the losses for this year finally hit a nerve. I’m done with letting the devil hijack 2020. I asked God for a spark, He’s given the world a fire (totally stole that line from Brandon Lake, and I’ll touch on that soon.) This has to be the year we generate a revival the world has never seen. Do it for Mamba, do it for Boseman, do it for all the lives lost this year. Do it for you. And, of course, just do it for Jesus.
1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, poud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Paul’s words explain people these days to a “T.” I know I fit a couple of those adjectives up there, no matter how hard I try not to. Do you know how to avoid being described with these words? Put God first-in everything you do, and in everything you say. Make Him the focus of your thoughts. Read His word and He will guide your decisions and teach you to love others the way that He does. Some people claim to be Christians but it’s all an act and they’ve never even picked up the Bible in their life. Don’t be one of those people.
Reading plan: 2 Timothy 3
Deeper reading plan: Lamentations 3
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 a 5k for fun!
Serve Day: Wherever you can serve, make sure you are doing so safely and wearing the proper PPE!