Common Sense REBORN Daily Devotion

October 13

These, then, are the two points I wanted to make.  First, that human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it.  Secondly, that they do not in fact behave in that way.  They know the Law of Nature; they break it.  These two facts are the foundation of all clear thinking about ourselves and the universe we live in.  (C.S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity”, pg. 8)

Hello friends.  What a crazy time we live in.  It’s hard to believe, that it was just two weeks ago the monstrous Hurricane Ian marched across Florida and decimated the Fort Myers area.  The resilient people of Southwest Florida immediately jumped in to help their neighbors.  All of the heavy hitters for disaster relief did what they do best: mobilizing to provide comfort and necessities to the thousands of people who desperately need it.  A new (new to me, at least) organization has really stepped up during Hurricane Ian, from what I see on Social Media, and that is the Global Empowerment Mission.  Click on their link to see all the amazing work they are doing.

My family and I traveled south to our hometown in Florida this past weekend, which is about an hour north of Fort Myers.  I had every intention to head down one morning during our stay to volunteer for at least four hours or so.  But, unfortunately, I allowed life to get in the way.  We had not seen some family members in nearly nine months, and with a two-month-old with us, it was a very busy, exhaustive trip.  It was heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once.  While it meant the world for us to see SGZ3 getting loved on by her grandparents, it was extremely hard to have to leave and return to our home in Georgia.  There was talk of moving back to Florida on the trip back to the SAV, but our children only know GA and want nothing to do with FL.  And I cannot argue with them. Other than being near immediate family and life long friends, and for some of the beautiful beaches, there is nothing appealing about living in Florida anymore.  The state has changed drastically in the last forty years since I was born.  The population has surged and inundated sleepy, little, quiet beach communities with millions of people from around the world.  The population of Manatee County has increased 179% over the last four decades.  Despite being in the constant threat of natural disasters, Americans continue to flock to Florida. Of course, Savannah’s population is not too far behind, especially with the incredibly strong blue-collar job market from the Savannah Ports and other major industries moving to the area, our current hometown is about ten-years behind Manatee County’s growth explosion. That is ten years we will continue to enjoy our sleepy little coastal community, before we start looking to move somewhere less populated.

But back to this peculiar time we live in.  If there were not walls of debris lining the streets in many of the neighborhoods in East Manatee, or the line of utility trucks thundering south every morning, you would never have thought that one of the most destructive hurricanes in Florida’s history had just decimated communities to the south.  I am not sure if that is a testament to the resiliency of the people that life returns to normal so quickly, or the true testament to the lack of compassion we actually have for those hurting.  But who am I to judge, when I could not find time myself to get out and be the hands and feet when I was right down the road from a hurting community.

I can sit here and type out a new post, share another amazing sermon from Pastor Steven Furtick, but if I am not getting out and speaking face-to-face with those who need encouragement, what good is all of this.

I can continue to take snippets of C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” to share with y’all as we begin to explore this classic work.  I can get back to sharing all the amazing new music being released within the Christian genre, like the beautiful song below by Tasha Cobbs Leonard.  I can share links to all the powerful organizations doing God’s work at home and around the globe, but if I am not putting my faith to work, all this is for nothing.  I can sit here and beat my drum over and over again, but if I am not in the fields, working the harvest, all that pounding is falling on deaf ears.  

The world needs action, the time for studying and learning is over.  It is time to get out and do the good work of Jesus Christ. Join me as we finish 2022 with our final piece of Christian literature, and discuss how to best put our faith and love into action in 2023.

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