Let Me Be Frank… 11-20-19

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8 NIV

There’s a nebulizer by my bed.  The doctor told me I needed to do a breathing treatment before and after exercise if I wanted to continue to run.  I love running so I put the nebulizer by my bed and hooked it up.  I wanted to make it easy and efficient.  I’ve run once since the diagnosis…
Each day I wake up with a choice.  I can choose to do a breathing treatment.  I can choose to give my lungs the medicine they need for deeper breaths and stronger support.  Or I can choose to look past the nebulizer and focus on all the things I have to do on any given day.  Either way, it’s a choice I have to make.  And indecision is still a decision.  It’s a decision not to decide.  
Micah 6:8 gives a CLEAR prescription for us as we study God’s Word: act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.  But we have to act on those words in order for them to sink deep into our souls.  If there is no action, then there is no follow-through.  And, if there is no follow-through, then there is no heart change.  It becomes just another thing we said we’d do, and it gathers dust on the end table by our bed.
“Thanks a lot, Franklin.  I guess it will always be this way.”  No, it won’t.  It won’t because every day you have a choice.  Every day you choose to honor God or just go your own way.  Every day you walk past someone that is hurting or you stop to help someone out of the ditch.  Every day you have the opportunity to extend or withhold mercy and forgiveness.  Every day.
INTENTIONAL.  It’s a big word with an even bigger definition.  Put simply, it means “on purpose.”  You are not going to just fall into justice, mercy, and humility.  It takes work.  It takes doing things on purpose that draw you closer to God. 
We INTENTIONALLY allow God to fill our lungs with His breath (see what I did there?  You knew it was coming).  We INTENTIONALLY pour ourselves out for others because that is what Jesus Christ did for us.  We INTENTIONALLY think of ourselves less and think of others more.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  And there may be days when we take more steps backward than forward.  But life’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.  And we finish strong when we let the Lord lead us.
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER!