What Isn’t?

What Isn’t

Stop focusing so much on the bad, talking about what isn’t, what one didn’t do, what you don’t have, and on and on; but rather the good of what IS, the acknowledgement of the good one DID do, the gratefulness of what you DO have, and on and on.

We’re becoming a culture that has legitimized selfishness, self-centerdness and egoistic entitlement. We fool ourselves, talking about ourselves all day long on social media and complaining about the negative all day long. It’s like a slow drip to the desensitization of the absurdity of it all. The youth, especially, have a shorter bowl to fill with these drips, and it’s becoming more and more apparent each and every day – watch them – listen to them.

For us all, keep an eye on how you interact day to day with people outside of Social-Media-Land; have you been infected? Keep an eye on how criticism comes to mind so easily from day to day when away from that beloved News-Media-Empire you sit and watch or read every morning and night.

Do we find ourselves sitting in a room of friends, thinking about ourselves, wanting to talk about ourselves more than we care what they have to say? What about while we’re at home?
Do we feel the right to have our opinions made, loud? Do we demand those opinions be accepted?
I’m sure you can think of other examples… and rest assured, at this very moment, you quite possible just thought about negative examples of someone else.  If so, go back to the beginning, and read again.

So many things in life now infect us, negatively, and we’ve ended up riding that wave, which started out as that slow no-big-deal drip, and now so many of us wake up each day with that one question, that one mind-set… “What isn’t?”

A Social Networking Prayer

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t blow a trumpet before you like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they will be praised by people. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward! But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be done in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  And whenever you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward! But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Mat 6:1-6 ISV)

What do these verses mean to us?

Perhaps we read it and think, ‘Yes, that’s right, don’t be like those guys… thank the Good Lord I’m not like that!’ …or are we like those guys?

‘I’m glad that I don’t have to worry about praying aloud for all to hear so they will know how Holy I am,’ …or do we do that, maybe even unknowingly?

‘I sure don’t flaunt my giving (something, not just money) in front of others when giving to God’s house, or the poor, the hungry, a friend, a stranger, or those in need,’ …or do we somehow find a way to flaunt the fact?

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people in order to be noticed by them…”

Let’s think for a minute…  Are we sure to tell people how often we study God’s Word or do our devotional?  Do we tell people how to act right when they’re out of line, and then share with a bunch of friends how we rebuked or admonished that person in love?  Do we proclaim our love for God in a group of friends during conversation, or maybe even for no apparent reason?  You get the idea…

Do not misunderstand me.  What I am not saying is Continue reading