Theme of the week: The Virtues of a Simple Life
Monday, September 9, 2013
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Key Bible Verses: Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:3, 5)
Dig Deeper: Philippians 2:3-8
Watching a televangelist strut in his Armani suit, all the while begging for money, inspired me to write the song "Jesus Was a Country Boy." The point I wanted to make is that what (and who) we often see representing God doesn't represent him accurately.
The truth, as I see it at least, is that when God decided to send his Son down to Earth, he didn't set him up with a cable channel and a congregation of ten thousand people in fancy suits and dresses.
No, Jesus grew up just as country as I did, if not more so. While the Jewish people at the time expected the Messiah to be born in a palace surrounded by royalty, the Son of God came as a baby in a manger surrounded by shepherds and their smelly sheep.
No doubt I'm biased in thinking people who grew up country are more authentic than folks who are caught up in the rat race of more, bigger, better. But what I've found is that country doesn't refer to where you grew up as much as where your heart grows down, where it takes root. What ultimately defines being country is simple: a loving heart, a helping hand, an open mind, and being poor in spirit.
—Clay Walker in Jesus Was a Country Boy
My Response: What are some ways I can cultivate the virtues in the last sentence?
Adapted from Jesus Was a Country Boy by Clay Walker. Copyright © 2013 by Clay Walker. Reprinted by permission of Howard Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord Jesus, through the help and guidance of your Holy Spirit, may I seek to live a life that follows your teaching and models your example.
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