Rerun of Daily Devotional June 28, 2018
Mike sent me the following exercise logic. He is my kind of doctor. Having said that, Mike is one of those irritatingly in shape kind of guys. I hope you enjoy these four observations as much as I did:
- If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and is fat.
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4. A tortoise doesn’t run, does nothing, yet lives for 450 years.
AND…YOU TELL ME TO EXERCISE SO I’LL LIVE LONGER?
These four reasonable and rational arguments against exercise got me thinking about life. That’s because the greatest thing of all defies logic. It doesn’t make sense.
Take yesterday for example. My brother is a pastor in Houston. He called to tell me he was on the way to the hospital to sit with a family through an operation while a man donated a kidney to his brother. The reason this man was willing to go through such a tortuous operation and recovery was because he loved his brother.
Love calls us beyond what is rational and reasonable into the world of God’s possibilities. Just imagine what a world governed by love would look like.
Politicians, while not always agreeing, would treat each other with respect. The police would never be called to intervene in a domestic disturbance. Everyone would be fed, cared for, and have access to an education. There would be no need for trade tariffs. Our children would no longer be confined to the back yard for their own protection. Divorce lawyers, soldiers, mercenaries, and drug dealers would be out of jobs. Husbands and wives would cherish each other. Parents would see their children as gifts from God instead of an inconvenience. The list of benefits of a world governed by love goes on and on…
Fortunately for us, God operates out of love instead of logic and reason. Because if God looked at us from a rational point of view, he would have gotten rid of us long ago. But God doesn’t operate that way. God operates out of love.
As Paul said, “While we were still weak, at the right moment, Christ died for ungodly people. It isn’t often that someone will die for a righteous person, though maybe someone might dare to die for a good person. But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8 CEB)
So today, as you go about the business of life, operate out of love. It is what God wants.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me to see others the way you do. Give me a heart filled with compassion, a tolerant spirit, a joyful view of life, and the wisdom to make this world a better place. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
One last thing. A world governed by love would automatically put God in the right place. Sounds like heaven to me.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.