My kids and I have been sick the last few weeks. First one was sick, then the other one was sick, and then I got sick. So this stretches out this yucky cold to about 3 weeks long of someone being sick. I’m the last one to get better and I’m still coughing with sniffles.
Since the last few weeks have been difficult, I have only sat down to read my Bible a handful of times. I was stuck on Romans 1. Over and over about 5 times, I have read and reread it. The way I read is kind of weird. I set my bible app to read aloud for my ears to hear as my eyes follow along in my Bible. I have found that to be the best way that I personally absorb the information. I have to stop whenever the dogs want let out, the cats want fed, the kids want breakfast, my nose is running, the kids are fighting, the kids want to play and so on. So every time I stop my app before Romans 1 is finished playing, it starts over the next time. I could have skipped over it but I kept feeling like I’m missing something.
Well, today I get it. When Paul tells the Gentiles in Rome, “that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” -Romans 1:12. What he is telling them, applies to how I feel about all of you, whoever you are. If you are just simply reading, you have encouraged me. If you have left me feedback, you have encouraged me. If you are sharing His word on your blog, you have encouraged me. All of you have encouraged me in my faith. Thank you.
Paul discusses all the sinful desires of the world. These sinful desires extend farther than I want to imagine. I’m sure that I am going to take this lighter than it was meant to be. “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator- who is forever praised. Amen.” Romans 1:25 . What I immediately think of is all of these normal distractions all around us.
What is normal?
“They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.” – Romans 1:29-31
The world is still filled with all these sinful desires that Paul is talking about. Idolizing and lusting over celebrities is “normal”. Focusing on vanity and envying other is “normal”. Gossip is “normal”. Being arrogant and boastful is how everyone gets ahead, its “normal”.
I tend to focus on the good in the world instead of all the sin. After all, I have small children and I daily see the good that is God’s creation. So while I focus on the good, I think of all of you and what you do to educate yourself and share God’s word with the world. YOU are the good in the world! Keep encouraging faith! Keep doing what you are doing and remember to not be “normal”!