I have a problem (which I’m pretty sure a lot of you already realize). My brain gets easily bored. I wish it’s because I listen and process words quickly but I’m sure that’s not accurate. Consequently, my thoughts get distracted and there doesn’t seem to be any consistency in my thinking. There’s a part of me wanting to apologize for my randomness but I’m going with – it’s a gift. So, on my thinking chair last evening I was restless, realizing I was being bombarded again with the voices (or is it noise) of media and technology. These are exceptionally powerful forces and I recognize they produce value systems within the culture. (Example, I didn’t even know I needed a new pair of Josef Seibel Vigo 02 Oxford shoes until pictures kept appearing on my computer screen – brightly blinking “On Sale…On Sale… Buy Now.” I know why they do this but I can’t figure out how they do it.) Also, distorted and disruptive capitalism, and coerced and corrosive consumerism produce value systems influencing our perceptions and participation in faithfulness. We can’t get away with those dominating influences of our cultural. So, how best to respond. As people of faith we live in a conflicting time and complicated culture. I acknowledge faithfulness is interwoven in the culture.  I read … “we live in a ‘culture without faith’, a culture willfully disconnected from the faith that gave life to it in the first place, and thus, ultimately, we live in a fragile and fragmented culture.  This has led many of those influenced by modern culture to a generalized loss of faith and to a pathology of individualism and ingratitude, as they attempt to live in isolation from their fellows, unprepared to recognize the world they live in and the privileges they enjoy as God’s gifts.”

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:5
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.”

Reflection Questions:
Who are your “Loises and Eunices”?
How do we recognize the privileges of God’s gifts?
What are the cultural influences that challenge your faithfulness?

Prayer: Holy God, I am so grateful for all the special people in my life. In some way help me to be an encouraging and caring presence in their life. Let me journey with sincere faith and in accordance with your will for my life.  Amen.