Leb Blog

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Slime

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever
is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

This past weekend as I lounged on the coach, I joined my family in watching the 1989 Ghostbusters II movie. It was humorous, caused me to laugh which is a good "stress-buster".

As the movie unfolds the underlying theme is this "slime" that has accumulated under NYC; a slime that is charged by negative emotions and expressions of hate.

When was the last time we smiled at a stranger as you were walking into your favorite coffee shop? Did we pass by the toll booth and ignore the toll collector? How about the mom with 2 toddlers that needed a hand carrying that grocery cart to her snow-covered vehicle, did we lend a hand?
There is great joy when we help others. It nullifies selfishness.

The movie was pretty funny but also highlighted an important fact. Evil begets evil. Enter a room where someone has a terrible disposition and it almost feels as if you got "slimed" by their bad attitude.

As Christians we are called to be thermostats. Thermostats control the temperature.

When we enter a heated environment we reset the thermostat!

The Bible often reminds us to help the widow, to give an apt reply, a word of encouragement. We are commanded to rejoice, to sing aloud, to believe that God is in the midst of our lives working things out for our good for those that are called according to his purpose. We are reminded to fix our eyes on Jesus; look above, to have hope!

As the movie continued evil manifested all over the place. Silly movie. In order to share love and joy, they launched the one symbol they had that reminded them of freedom and joy. The Statue of Liberty, well, this is Hollywood, begins to walk through the city with music playing loudly on New Year's Eve. Joy and celebration filled the air and love overcame the evil that was lurking underground.

We have One that has walked the earth. He came with a message of hope, new life, and joy!

He was the promise that was to come, foretold in days of old. His love for us has overcome this world. He offers the joy of eternal life in exchange for our fallen state; joy for sadness, peace for despair.

He saw the condition we were in and He himself became the solution.

Yes, trust Jesus with your soul. Follow his instructions so that our toxic thoughts can be renewed by his Word.

Joy is from the Lord. Let's take it and share it!

Try it. Share the expression of Jesus to all you encounter. Change the atmosphere.

Let's keep our mind in a renewal mode.

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

God bless you!~Liz