It seems like this flu, strep or stomach bug has taken the south by storm. Everyone in our community has had someone or all members of their home fall out to whatever this is, inducing a 12-24 lock in. My husband has it now and is moaning and groaning through our home. He threatens that at any moment, his breath will give way and he will float up to heaven.
Insert rolling of the eyes and sarcastic comment about how men can't be sick without drama.
But I have also recently learned that mercy is not in my spiritual gift warehouse, thus explaining the other half of this conversation and many I have had before.
He's totally fine, I'm taking great care of him. He is abiding well in my "sweat it out" words of wisdom.
Besides me putting the thought of my poor husband limping unattended to around the house searching for saltines, out into the webasphere. As if I was just indulging in Star Wars Trilogies and La Croixs... There is actually something that got me thinking here.
Besides germs, what are we spreading through our communities?
I love what Paul writes to Timothy. He says.
“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Are you showing yourself as an example of those who believe. Am I? What am I saying with my words and actions?
When I spend 10 minutes talking about leggings with my friends at carpool pick up as other moms swirl around us.. What am I really saying when I talk? Nothing wrong with us talking about this but in front of others who can totally hear us, is it the best use of that time?
That means, that what you say, matters.What you do with your time, matters. What you believe is an acceptable use of time, matters. What you give your mind to, matters.
We are called to be purposeful in our words and choices. People are watching.
Your germs aren't the only things that are contagious. I definitely don't want to pass around a standard to others that I don't want to meet myself. Are we being contagious with purity when we talk about all the Netflix shows we binged last week or who Nick is going to end up with on the Bachelor next week?
There is no harm in doing these things if it is not hindering you from living holy but what is it saying to someone else?
Let's be totally real. Don't you hate the moment when you are watching the best show ever and there is a category 4 curse word or there is a suggestion of a relationship that leads somewhere it shouldn't or even a possible sex scene?
You have that gut check moment, like.. Am I going to keep watching this? Or how many seconds is it okay for this to last before it's not okay anymore?
I'm not trying to make rules or set some rapid moral discussion into fire here, just want to put out there that this is probably where most Christians fall of the "purity and holy" wagon.
How can we be contagious with a life that is pure and holy, if what we are putting in our minds isn't?
Um. You can't. For me, it takes a lot more time in God's word and prayer to erase the time I spend where those other moments existed.
My line is, If someone saw what I was watching, would I want to X out of the screen? If so, I'm out. You do what you want, but I don't want the guilt that comes from watching something and having to ask forgiveness for it later.
Sadly that leaves out much of what is culturally acceptable or what I honestly sometimes want to watch. I still battle this desire to continue watching.. but is it pure and holy?
You will influence those around you whether you choose to or not.
You hear something and don’t like it and so you distant yourself from it. I've always been more affected by what I didn't like about someone verses what I did. I knew what I didn't want in a marriage before I knew what I wanted in a marriage.
"The power of surrendering your life to Jesus is that you get to give away something that can actually produce change in people.” Jennie Allen
Your faith. Your actions. Someone else's life can actually be different because of what you do. I love this quote from Jennie Allen so much because it completely takes away all my anxiety over how I get to be used in this world. Basically, because I love Jesus and have surrendered my life to him. I give him away. NOT MYSELF.
The only caveat is are my actions matching my words? Am I spreading Him around or our culture? What are people walking away from me with?
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:23-24
Are they being spurred on to love others, live holier lives and encourage those in their circles? Am I being authentic? Which is something that I desperately seek. Fake relationships and words suck. I ain't want none of that, yo. ( I actually talk like that. )
It's hard to be responsible for our time and what we are actually doing with it. Sometimes the little things seem so small and unimportant. Who really cares if I watch this when no one is around? Who really cares if I binge on junk food while being a fitness junkie to the world? Who will be hurt by saying one thing on Facebook but doing another in my living room?
What a great success for the enemy if he convinced us that only the big things matter when living for Jesus. What are we spreading around besides germs? What are we leaving behind in our tone of voice or the way we look at people when they are speaking? Does it really matter if most people piss you off and You don't mind letting them know?
It's such a struggle to be real and authentic. But God knows what you don't want anyone else to know and it's not to late to fix it. To repent for it. To start fresh tomorrow.
That's the great thing about our Lord, he forgives and forgets. Our job is to influence others for Jesus. What are we putting out there? Are you painting a picture on Facebook that things are perfect when they really aren't? What are we putting out there? Is it real?
Is it Jesus?
My husband is alive and well, I just checked to make sure before I posted this. I actually made him Homemade Chicken Soup From Scratch, just to blow up any of your conclusions that I was missing the mark on caring for him. He isn't actually in the fetal position on the bathroom floor with a Vick's jar in hand. I'm taking care of his germs, with my Lysol can streaming behind me.