I hope y’all had a great weekend! We spent the long weekend away from technology, away from distractions and it was a marvelous time together with family. We did not even leave the house! We did spend an afternoon in our beloved city of Savannah, church on Sunday, and hitting the community pool for a bit yesterday. My son even met the Chief of Police for Savannah PD.
Last week was Faith and Blue weekend, where church communities came together to support local law enforcement and help create stronger ties between the community and the officers that patrol their streets. My family and I went to an event on Saturday and we unfortunately had a heavy rain storm right as the event was beginning, which kept a lot of members of the community away. Chief Minter made a point I strongly believe in, that it takes the communities involvement to eliminate crime in these bigger cities. Really, it takes a generational movement, and judging by the city I serve, it seems this latest generation has reverted back to serious crime, and I fear it will continue to get worse if we can not get away from the distractions and turn our focus back on Jesus. America is seeing kids raised on technology, with even less connection to people around them, which results in little, to no respect, for human life or other’s property. And the blame for that solely rests on the parents that are failing to raise their children properly. And the parents who failed to raise that young mother and absent father to know the value of their children. So with each lost child, it does take a village, the community, to rally around that young man, or woman, to help steer them back toward the light and away from the darkness.
That’s my rant for today. Here’s an uplifting Word from Mrs. Holly Furtick, some great advice we could all use right about now.
26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:26)
I think James has made his point as clear as he could have and I hopefully have made my argument as clear as well over the last three days. This is the truth I wrote of extensively in Common Sense Reborn, changing your life into a life of servitude and living your faith out through daily actions of love and compassion. This should be a challenge we gladly accept as Christians. There should be no resistance to this charge, we are working for eternity, not tomorrow.
Reading plan: 1 Peter 1:13-25
Deeper reading plan: Hosea 13
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray for peace and common sense to infect the minds of Americans. Pray for civility and calm and for Christians to be a beacon of hope and consistency for all those who may face increased anxiety in this coming month. Pray for revival that is permanent and world changing.
Fitness challenge: Day 43-43 reps.
- Hand-release Push-up
- Jumping squat
- Leg lift
Run: Tuesday is our interval running: Run three miles, jogging for one-minute, sprinting for 30 seconds.