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The Good Things

A few months ago, I started to take more interest in the foods my family was eating. I began considering what convenience took away from my family. Instant potatoes rather than fresh potatoes. Processed foods rather than fresh foods. I decided I needed to make a better effort. I tried better to stay on the outside of the grocery store. I have noticed improvements since the changes were made with the grocery shopping and diet adjustments. I have also enjoyed the natural, fresh foods more so than the processed foods.

Why am I sharing all of this? Well, after a nice discussion with my children, on the importance of putting good things in our bodies—foods that are healthy for us, good for us—that it is the same when it comes to other things we allow to enter our bodies. Good things should be seen through our eyes. Good things should be heard through our ears. We should surround ourselves by good things. Because what good goes in, then allows good to come out. When we eat this purer food, we get in return better health, better energy, etc. When we allow better words, better images, better things to enter our spiritual lives, it allows better to pour out to others.

The Bible tells us where to place our focus. God’s Word shows us the good things to give our attention. When we focus on these things, when we drown ourselves in the godly things, when we keep ourselves away from the darkness that will drown out the light, we will see fruit in our lives. We will be rewarded by these good things. We will be blessed by these good things. We will bless others by these good things. These good things will allow us to continue to grow more like Christ Jesus. Today, ask yourself—where is your focus? Is it on the good things?

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8 [ESV]

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Playactors

There are people who do good things because it is what they feel led to do for people. There are also people who do good things to let everyone know that they have done good things. Perhaps it is to tack it onto a resume as volunteer service or to post some photos to Facebook or tell others. But the Bible tells us to do good things without others knowing—even going as far as to not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.

This does not mean we are to sneak around like ninjas making sure not to get caught doing good deeds. What it means is that we are not to be making a performance out of our good deeds. The Message calls these people playactors, people who try to get a lot of attention on themselves as they are doing a good deed.

Sadly there are many people even in the ministry who attempt to get a lot of attention for what they are doing. At the end of the day, everything we do should point to Christ. If we are pointing to ourselves, we are playactors. If you are acting compassionate only because eyes are on you, you are a playactor. Let us leave the acting for the movies and be real. May everything you do point others to Christ.

“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.”
-Matthew 6:1-4 [MSG]