Saturday, October 16, 2010

Are You Contagious?

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I remember growing up, I had what seemed like an impenetrable immune system. This definitely worked to my disadvantage when test days came around in school. No matter what was floating around, I couldn't seem to catch a break by catching it.

Now, here I am years later, married to my wife, Jennifer, who is a middle school teacher. Like all teachers, she's like a magnet for all the wonderful germs and superbugs that the petri dishes we call classrooms are able to churn out at what could only be described as an alarming rate. Those of you who are parents or teachers know exactly what I'm talking about.

Being married to a teacher has given me the rights and privileges to share in these fantastically unnatural germs. It's definitely not something I prefer to do, but I don't have a choice in it. When she's sick, I'm sick.

We've all heard stories before of husbands who share odd cravings with their pregnant wives, or perhaps even feel their labor pains. Now, even as the latter is a bit extreme, I still don't doubt that it's possible. I know that my wife, Jennifer, and I are connected in this regard. If one of us is suffering from a headache, it's almost a guarantee that the other is as well. When she's sick, I'm sick. After 8 years of a committed relationship to each other, we've gained this blessing/curse. Without speaking all day, it's not unusual for one of us to send the other a text message asking how they're feeling before we know they're suffering too. We've become so close, that we're almost as one.

After you've been in a relationship with someone for a long period of time, you eventually get to the point where you know what each other is thinking and can communicate across a crowded room without speaking a word. It's a skill that grows with time, and is tangible proof of your growth together as a couple. God says that when we are married, we become one flesh. Isn't it amazing how we also become of one mind? God truly is amazing.

Shouldn't we be this way in our relationship with God? Not that He gets sick, but that we should be so close to Him that His thoughts are our thoughts. We as christians are told to present ourselves as a living sacrifice to Him, both in body and in mind (Romans 12:1,2). We're told to renew our minds to Him so that we aren't conformed to this world.

We know that if our focus is not on God the puzzle pieces of life are harder to fit together. We're moody. We're cranky. We can become depressed. We lose track of our sense of purpose. We become restless. When our focus stays on God, our lives make sense. That's because we're living for Him who created us. It's natural. Even the most bizarre puzzle pieces have their place. We're at peace.

When we're one with God, our attitude is contagious. In a world that is chaotic, and filled with people who don't know Him, we stand out. We're at peace with ourselves and the world around us, even 'worst case scenarios'. You lose your job? No problem. He takes care of the birds, and you're much more valuble to Him than they are. Child is sick? There's never been a case too tough for The Great Physician. On your last leg and have nowhere to turn? He hears the prayers of the righteous. He loves you and wants to take care of you. This in turn produces the right attitude in us. One that can be contagious to others.

We need to be living proof of our living God. We need to renew our minds on God daily, so that we can be one with Him. This, after all, is Gods will for you.

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