In the Company of Godly Friends
Last week I received two phone calls that came completely “out of the blue.” Friends were calling to see how we are coping with all of the changes and challenges of the pandemic world we live in. We talked for a long time, sharing what we were learning and how we were adjusting to everything. It was a joy to spend some time “together.”
Friendships like that enrich us and make us better people. They help us to face tough circumstances and to act with grace and godly character. It is no surprise that we become like the people that we associate with; we become like the people that we hang out with. As we rub shoulders with godly men and women, something rubs off on us.
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Talk is not Cheap
I watched in shock as a customer tore a strip off the cashier at a local grocery story. He let his anger get the best of him, insisting that it was his right to pay with cash, and that the Debit or Credit Only sign was far too small to expect anyone to read it from the back of the line. He justified his actions, saying, “Aren’t we all a little edgy these days?”
I know that we are all tired of the adjustments and inconveniences of our “new reality” as we live in a Covid-19 world, but is that a good excuse? I think it’s been happening to many people during these days of quarantine.
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Generosity: An “Under-the-Radar” Fruit of the Holy Spirit
One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:23-24)
The news has been filled with stories of empty shelves and panic purchases; people’s reaction to shortages has been anything but exemplar. Many people, when they hear that things are running out, they complicate the situation by running out to get the product, even if they do not need it. It seems that in some cases, Covid-19 has brought out the worst of people.
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How Will God Supply My Needs?
The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the cravings of the wicked. Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. (Proverbs 10:2-3)
The reality of the Covid-19 World goes beyond self-isolation and physical distancing. It has also led to the closure of our nation’s economy left many people without work and monthly income. It’s a situation where they need to trust God in a new and at times uncomfortable ways.
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A Fork in the Road
If you are wise your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker you alone will suffer. (Proverbs 9:12)
Do you remember the “good old days” and what it was like in our pre-Covid-19 World, when we were able to explore the trails of our parks? We traveled freely and enjoyed God’s marvelous creation.
I used to hike the trails and climb the peaks around Vancouver, back in the days before GPS navigation and smart phones. An upgrade was a steep trail that took you to the peak, and a download was when you added a couple of rocks to your buddy’s backpack on the trip back to the cars.
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Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (Proverbs 8:10-11)
The news is filled with reports of how people are going to have to adjust to a “new normal” once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted; doing things differently and valuing protection and a close family circle more than ever. We’ve been forced to restructure and re-evaluate all of the things that we hold dear.
My cousin and I once spent the better part of a week digging a two or three-foot hole around a large stone that we believed was the grave-site of a First Nations chief. The large rock stood overlooking a valley on their farm and, in the minds of two ten-year-old boys, was the perfect marker for a warrior or hero. Our efforts landed us a handful of triangular rocks that might have been arrowheads; or might have been triangular rocks. However, all was not lost; the hours spent seeking treasure were rewarded with rich friendship that was worth more than any archaeological find.
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Building Your Mind-Memory
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 7:2-3)
Several years ago I had the opportunity to interview Lyndon Rush, the Canadian bobsled athlete. He and Jessie Lumsden were the 2013 overall two-man World Champions and he piloted the Canadian 4-man bobsled team to a bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Winter Olympic Games. He now coaches young athletes to excel in this sport of finger-tip reflexes and break-neck speed.
Lyndon Rush’s role on the team as driver meant that he needed to guide the bobsled through the twists and turns of the world’s most dangerous tracks. He explained that his position required both great physical strength and mental toughness, as he was responsible for the lives of his teammates. “People can die in this sport if you don’t know what you’re doing,” he said in the interview.
As the driver of both the 4-man and 2-man events, Lyndon Rush put into practice a skill which he learned as a young boy; building his mind-memory. Rush grew up in a Christian home and memorized scripture as a child. He employed this same skill, memorizing and visualizing the perfect line of each track. His ability to guard the fine details of each course enabled him to compete at a world-class level.
The same skill is needed for us as we navigate the complexities of the Covid-19 world. We are able to employ the words of Proverbs 7, which promises to keep us from wayward ways; keeping us on track. Memorizing the Word of God and focusing on His promises enables us to live in such a way that the “straight paths” or furrows of Proverbs 3:5-6 become our natural reaction to the circumstances and temptations that are thrown our way. Hiding God’s Word in our hearts – scripture memory – is one way to ensure that we can keep our way pure and not sin against Him (Psalm 119:9, 11).
A Frown or a Smile?
There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him. (Proverbs 6:16)
What do haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up dissension all have in common? These are things that God – the One who describes Himself as love – declares as “out of bounds.”
Human character doesn’t change in the face of a pandemic, and even though our media reports some acts of charity and human interest, there are also the stories of hoarders, internet and phone scams, and those deliberately disobeying the required limits of physical distancing and self-isolation.
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Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel. (Proverbs 5:8-9)
We’ve got some great word-pictures in the English language, and “curiosity killed the cat” is one of them. It reminds me of a neighbour’s cat some years ago. The feline would come and drink from our dog’s water dish, just outside our back door window. The “kitty with the bell” flaunted her audacity with a flick of her tail and would go off, ringing as she fled at the sound of an opening door.
Proverbs chapter five speaks of one specific sin, but the principle applies to all others. While we may not be getting out during these days of the pandemic, the truth is that we might be thinking ahead to those times that we’ll be released back into what is being called a “new normal.” When we do, our bent towards pushing the limit and seeing how close we can get to something without getting burnt, will still hold true. This chapter is clear; stay away from it!
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The last thing that I want to have happen to me during this time of pandemic is to need to go into the hospital for an emergency surgery, or testing, or anything like that. It makes sense, therefore, to make sure that we take care of our physical and mental health. Much like pre-Covid19 times, there are three things that we need to observe to give ourselves a fighting chance for a healthy heart: Get plenty of rest, eat properly, and exercise daily.
Is it any surprise that a healthy spiritual heart requires the three same elements? Taking care of our heart takes care of all other elements of our lives.
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