Day Twenty-nine

Day 29

No sugar or dairy

Can you hear me squealing? Day 29, people! This has been an eye-opening experience and I’m so very thankful for the benefits. Tomorrow will be a surprise blog post, and then October 1st, I hope to share the invaluable lesson from this month without dairy and sugar. So, don’t jump ship after tomorrow is over.

Through my daily devotions, the Lord has provided just the right message for each of my posts. His leadership means so much to me and the direction He sends me creates an insatiable thirst to follow Him more carefully. I truly am in awe of my heavenly Father. But I’ll save that for October 1st. Once again, the Lord used Joni’s devotional, A Spectacle of Glory, to bring home a much-needed lesson.

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15, NAS).

We Christians shouldn’t smirk at the misery of our contemporary culture or the frantic grabbing for diversions, attention, or pleasure. This is no time for smug self-righteousness. This is no time to get cranky that our country has been hijacked by this or that political movement. This is a season, perhaps like none other, to truly influence our nation, to showcase the love of Jesus through specific, practical acts of kindness. Others may whine and gripe about the world “going to hell in a handbasket,” but, honestly, we know better. We know that good will ultimately triumph. So, let’s show what this ultimate good will look like by rolling up our sleeves and helping neighbors, feeding the hungry, and surprising people with courtesy and care in Jesus’ name. If you find yourself overly discouraged or pessimistic about today’s culture, then find a way to start serving that culture in ways that point to the love of Christ.

Lord, I admit it. I can get caught up in politics and negative talk about this culture and generation. Help me to remember You have put me in this place and time for a reason—and it isn’t to complain or despair. Please open doors for me today to direct Your love to those who cross my path.

 

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