Are you yearning for glee? Do you long to return to a peak season in your past when you experienced feelings of contentment and joy? Most all of us feel this way at times.
When we do feel this way, we tend to look inward and evaluate what is causing the ho-hum feeling within us. But maybe our contentment and joy is really found outside of ourselves.
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. -PHILIPPIANS 2:4 NLT
A selfish life filled with plans only to make a person happy in and of themselves may work short term, but it will fail to bring lasting joy and fulfillment. So it stands to reason that when we begin to help others, our own problems will shrink and the ho-hum blues will lift.
When our God-given time on earth comes to pass, what we have done to help others will be valued and celebrated on earth by the ones we leave behind and in heaven by the ones waiting on us.
So today, take a step to cure your ho-hums. It can be as simple as calling a family member, sending a random card to a friend, preparing a meal for a neighbor, looking at your spouse and saying “You are great and I love you” or inviting someone to coffee. Spend your time listening instead of talking. Try to think of any small thing that might brighten someone’s day. Lifting the burdens of others does not have to be a heroic feat, but even something “small” for someone else will help cure your blues.
Never underestimate the power of gracious words. As the Body of Christ, remember your words have mighty power. Gracious words encourage a person’s soul. How amazing is that!?! Gracious words are healing to the body. How amazing is that!?! Offer gracious words to everyone you see today. Whether they be big or small, young or old, friend or foe, you never know whose soul or whose bones could use the Lord’s uplifting grace… which come from your words!
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. -Proverbs 16:24
I would not want to see the Duck Dynasty family leave television. I appreciate that they offer a different perspective than other reality TV shows I watch. Sure, my personal values are more in-line with the Robertson family on many issues, but I don’t scream at the TV and become outraged when I also indulge in watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Last week Brandi kissed Carlton another female co-star. I may not live the same lifestyle nor embrace the same values for myself or my family, but I understand God gave us free-will. If I want to protest the on-television female-to-female kiss, I don’t call the AP, I simply change the channel and stop watching. I might also pray about it and look to the bible for direction and teach my children different values, but that too is my individual right. That is what makes our country great.
All of that to say, I totally support the Robertson’s if they choose to leave A&E or demand less censorship. No matter what side you sit on some of these issues, the freedom of religion and speech is for the protection of all, including conservative Christians. A&E has every right to censor and filter and edit its shows, but the Robertson family has every right to profess, practice and protect their own biblical values and principles.
It is a fact that Christianity has certain principles and definitions of what constitutes a sin. It is also a fact that we are all imperfect sinners in some way. Christianity’s greatest principle is to love. Whatever our opinions are about what constitutes a sin or unacceptable conduct, ultimate judgment is reserved to God alone. People like Phil and people like me, we use the bible as our guide for our day-to-day lives. I don’t apologize for it, and I imagine Phil doesn’t either. But I would never force it on anyone. God loved his creation enough to give them free-will so all of humanity could choose who and what to love. Without choice, we would be captives by a tyrant. Real selfless love is a choice.
In the end, Phil said it best, “I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.” For one moment, suspend your personal wants, preferences and self-centered desires. Imagine a world where every single person truly loved God with all of their heart and lived by biblical principles and loved each other selflessly without their own egos or desires or pleasures as a factor…. It might not line-up with current lifestyles, but without a doubt, the world would absolutely be a better place than it is today.