On January 18, 2020 I posted my Word for 2020 in the post ★ Thought for the Day – Consistency Compounds ★. As a reminder, my prayer for this year was that I would be CONSISTENT in all areas of my life – Spiritually (that my walk with Christ would be strong), Physically (that my health would be the best that it ever has been), and Emotionally (that my relationships with my wife, daughters, friends and co-workers would be better than ever and life-affirming.). Well today is the 4 month anniversary of that post and I thought it would be good to pause for a post from our “GOD IS…” series and give an update on where I am at.
Today is Day 66 of quarantine and my 10th week of working at home as the result of COVID-19. I must say that the days and weeks are all running together but I have been blessed to be able work out of my dining room and receive a pay check every 2 weeks, something many people are not as fortunate to be able to. Though it’s been hard watching the news casts of all those suffering, I have been looking for the silver lining and have see that there are definitely benefits that have resulted. I can honestly say the quarantine has helped me to stay consistent with my goals for 2020, so like in the first post, I will break this up in 3 parts:
Through Facebook Messenger and other video chat Apps, I have been able to stay connected with all the guys that I met with previously each morning at my house and now I am hosting Bible Studies virtually and reaching more men then I was before if you can believe that?! Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to do this and technology we have been making the best out of a bad situation. Also you may have noticed an increase in posts as I have been exploring the attributes of God in our “GOD IS…” series. In the past month, we have looked at (22) different aspects of our Heavenly Father which is far greater frequency then ever before!
Now if you have followed this blog for awhile, you know full well that exercise has always been a struggle for me. Whether it was a lack of motivation or just trying to fit it in my day, I always had an excuse for why I did not workout. Over the past 5 months I am happy to say that the excuses have been kicked to the curb, and especially over the past 65 days I have been more consistent then ever! I hope you will not think me to be bragging, but I wanted to share this with you from my Fitbit app exercise tracker that shows I have consistently exercised for an entire month straight!! First time ever in my life doing this!!
As a part of the workouts, I have been going on walks with my wife and oldest daughter which has helped also strengthen the emotional connections simultaneously. My youngest daughter and I have been working on and off together building a bed to look like a Chevy pickup truck (which is her favorite vehicle!) Many people have been asking me if I am looking forward to going back to the office but honestly, I have been enjoying getting (2) additional hours back in my day since I don’t have to drive to and from work (and also eliminating the stress of the commute). I do miss my friends at work, but MS TEAMS has helped to keep that community connection. And one final benefit has been having breakfast and lunch with the family every day which in the past was only possible on the weekend. Oh, and probably the highlight of the past 65 days was this past Saturday when my oldest daughter cleared out her bedroom so we could have a “Family Dance Night Surprise!” Yesterday I felt so sore from all the dancing…hahaha!
I share all of this to say, regardless of circumstances we can always improve things if we will consistently look to make the environment better. I shared this in the post ★ Thought for the Day – What’s On The Inside? ★, but it bears repeating as I am a firm believe of what Marvin J. Ashton once said:
“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”
A bad attitude can spread like a wild-fire within the home or at work and when you compound that with 65 days of captivity, I man self-quarantine you have all the conditions for a “five alarm fire!” So regardless of how we feel, we must push through and not allow the media to tear down our spirits or boredom to stop us from getting into the Word everyday or laziness to stop us from going on a walk or riding a bike. I heard this great sermon called…“New Found Life” by Mondoe Davis who preached on the importance of physical training and how it ties into the spiritual. He read 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NLT) which says…
“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.”
And drew this powerful parallel:
“You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a physical body. What you feed each one of these aspects of who you are, determines how you will grow.”
That is what I desire to be “holy in every way” and that my “whole SPIRIT and SOUL and BODY [will] be kept blameless!” But that is up to you and me, “what we feed each one of these aspects” of who we are, “WILL DETERMINE HOW WE WILL GROW!” Unlike what the 1977 rock song “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad” by Meat Loaf said…2 OUT OF 3 IS BAD! We need to be 3 for 3 in our CONSISTENCY! MIND (SOUL), BODY and SPIRIT running on all cylinders.
Over the past five months, I have been compiling a list of men and women from the Bible who I believe are great examples of what that looks like to be CONSISTENT! It is far from complete but as I read and study, I will be adding to it.
I am thinking about doing a series on what we can learn which would be the opposite of the Temptation Series which is all about learning what not to. But this opposing list will help us to see that you it is possible. When you are consistently chasing after God, and working for the building of His kingdom, the gracious hand of the Lord will be upon you! That happens when like these men and women, you are determined to make a difference to see lives changed, healed, restored and transformed here on earth! But the choice is up to you.
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