Monday Motivator – September 1

Have you ever lost something? I remember leaving class my freshmen year at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and one of my classmates discovered his car had been stolen. If that doesn’t make you angry and want to kick or hit something, you are either numb, dense, really self-controlled, or your car was a real piece of junk. But still!

I remember my dad going over and over the tips he had for me to take care of the used ’68 Buick Le Sabre (nicknamed the Grey Ghost) he got me. To prevent this ride from being swiped or worse (me injured), I was given a lot of advice to take care of this great set of wheels.

Use common sense.

That is what my dad said is the starting point of general safety and security, if I wanted to maintain possession of the car. He outlined the basics as following: Obey the laws of the road, drive defensively at all times, take precautions, make your car a tough target (see the previous three items), don’t let your friends drive the car, don’t give a spare set of keys to your pals, lock your car doors, use a parking brake in a hilly area, avoid dangerous situations, and park in well-lit areas. I had to admit then and now that it was all pretty basic, common sense stuff.

Most parents do not want the pictures of their children to show up on the wall of the Post Office, or drop out of school for adrenaline-filled adventures as pirates, thieves, and bank robbers. Moms and dads teach, model, and work to inculcate their family values, habits, and traditions into the life and DNA of their kids in order for them to carry the family name forward with honor and dignity.

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22.

Common sense is also a basic part of living the Christian life. Think about it – if you and I were to live according to the Ten Commandments (or just the ten verses above), a whole lot of issues and problems would never arise. That is not to say we would be perfect, but only that that using “kingdom sense” would aid us in living the kind of healthy and whole life God intends for His children. God has spelled out a lot of how-to-live principles in Scripture that make sense. For example: The Bible says to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11). It also says to avoid every kind of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Both of those statements make sense, because we know that the only things that result from associating with evil are bad. Therefore, many parents urge their kids to choose their friends wisely, and remind them that nothing good happens after midnight. You hang around bad people and bad stuff happens. Evil will work to destroy any good or godly thing you try to do.

The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy and told him to pursue 1) righteousness, 2) godliness, 3) faith, 4) love, 5) endurance, and 6) gentleness. That seems like a common-sense list of healthy attitudes and actions to cultivate…if you want to stay off of any most wanted lists and make a positive difference in the world, on campus, or just in your area of influence.

Are you convinced that living God’s way is the best way? Ask God to help you pursue and develop the six characteristics every day for a week. You’ll discover that they just make sense. Serve globally. The Christian life is a common-sense life with Holy Spirit power.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2014 by Mike Olejarz

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