One thing I’ve been wanting to do with this blog for a while is to share a weekly devotional. The thing is, I’m not very good at being serious. I guess I could do a goofy devotional, but I just haven’t felt it yet.
So I called on Husbeast who is much better at this sort of thing than me. I’m going to bug him to try to get him to write a quick devotional every week. He’s crazy busy working insane hours, getting his master’s degree, and spending every remaining moment he can being the best dad possible, so I’m not sure how often he’ll be able to post something. We’ll try.
Here is Husbeast…
My kids are astounding people. They all amaze, impress and teach me whenever we interact. And our littlest boy is such a joy. He is everything I want to be when I grow up. Kind, innocent, guiless and tender. The other night he was on the couch with his brother watching a Spiderman movie where a bad guy with robot octopus arms was throwing bags of coins at people and trying to drop people off of a building for Spiderman to web save her. He kept covering his eyes whenever the bad man was on the screen and it struck me that maybe he is wiser than myself. “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Phil 4:5 How, oh how do we achieve a state like that, in a world like this? A great start on this path is just a few verses later.
Philippians 4:8 says, “8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Ouch! When was the last time we sat and talked about something that is noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy? What we play on Netflix or TV (to include the commercials playing in between “what you’re watching”) also counts such things we think about. If a guest in your home was vulgar, violent and profane in front of your children would you confront them? Yet, many of us would accept entirely different things if it’s on TV. Take a look at the loose list below and see where you’d fall closest as a center of what you talk or read or post about.
- slander (to include politicians)
- fighting and arguing with someone
- gripes about things/possessions being frustrating or too outdated
- grumbles about things you don’t have
- complaints about people
- annoyance with other political or religious views
- exasperation with unjust government policies
- planning to fight evil and help the oppressed
- recognition and encouragement for those around you
- speaking spiritual life, truth and healing into people’s lives
- Praising God; describing his true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy attributes
You may even want to change the order of a couple lines but let’s try to exist near the noble side as much as possible. If we’re honest we all can probably admit that we are often all over the spectrum above. Yet TV and movies are usually less variable (Especially on Sunday mornings for some people!) But as iron sharpens iron let’s encourage each other, set an example and change the tune from our mouths and in our homes.