The other day I had a conversation with a well-meaning friend who referenced the "bubble" I must live in. While at first feeling a bit defensive, it was clear she was right!
Because we all live in bubbles. Lives we have made for ourselves based on the decisions we've made. Circles of friends we have made and spheres of influence we hold. For the believer - the "bubble" we create for ourselves is similar to the that of an astronaut or a deep sea diver. Their "bubble" keeps them alive as they "live in the water", or "live in space", just as ours (spiritually speaking) enables us to "live in the world, but not AS the world." (See John 17:14-19). After some scripture reading and meditation, I decided if I was going to live in a bubble of my own making - then today, I would choose this one:
1 I will sing of your love and justice, Lord.
I will praise you with songs. (I will worship ONLY You Lord!)
2 I will be careful to live a blameless life— (not perfect,but repentant and forgiven)
when will you come to help me? (THANK you Lord for always being with me!)
I will lead a life of integrity
in my own home. (Lord, help me in what I watch, say, listen to, behave on a daily basis!)
3 I will refuse to look at
anything vile and vulgar. (Social media, etc.)
I hate all who deal crookedly;
I will have nothing to do with them. (Lord, give me wisdom in the marketplace)
4 I will reject perverse ideas
and stay away from every evil. (Lord, give me wisdom as YOU give, not as the world gives.)
5 I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbors. (Gossip)
I will not endure conceit and pride. (Lord yes, not even in my own life! It so easy to become self entered and prideful. YOU are my God and sit on the throne of my heart!)
6 I will search for faithful people
to be my companions. (Lord, help me to form Godly friendships that honor you!)
Only those who are above reproach
will be allowed to serve me. (Lord, please give me wisdom in ministry partnerships!)
7 I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house,
and liars will not stay in my presence.
8 My daily task will be to ferret out the wicked
and free the city of the Lord from their grip. (Lord, please help me to "ferret out the wickedness" in my own life so that I can help set prisoners free within theirs! Only YOU Jesus! Only YOU!!)
*Italics Mine. It's replicated of how I personalize scripture in my Bible.
As another once said, "Becoming Godly is no accident. It happens on purpose with dependence on God."
If I'm going to live in a bubble in 2016, may it be one that always points to God and encourages others.