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Tired and Lazy

By Benjamin H. Liles

I know it's been a number of weeks since I last posted. Some possibly wonder if I'm even going to keep doing what I have set out to do from the beginning: review Christ-centered books (fiction and non-fiction), as well as talking about the Christ-centered walk, how to be a Christ-centered follower, and so forth and so on.

I admit there are times I get depressed and desire to do nothing but simply retreat. However, I cannot do this when it comes to posting up timely book reviews as I could eventually lose out on reviewing books altogether. Not only that but in the end the readership hurts, and people then question if my faith is real and authentic.

So, this morning (even though my cat, Allie, woke me up) I decided to not only keep my word to my wife and clean the cats litter boxes, as well as take out the trash. I grabbed my phone, which has Spotify on it and my Christ-centered music as well, and went...for a walk! I didn't even stop once I got to the park that is only a bit of a way down the street from me. I sat a few minutes and read God's word for myself.

When we allow ourselves to feel overly burdened for no real reason and begin to feel dumpy and depressed it helps no one. Not even the person who experiences it. Yes, we're living in an unprecedented time with COVID-19 wreaking havoc around this world. It doesn't mean the world stops turning, the sun and moon stop rising and setting, or means we need to stop doing things.

In those tough times it's simply best to keep going. I think it's the biggest reason I love the things Paul writes to us as believers: "I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified" (1 Corinthians 9:27, New Living Translation).

Also, before I forget and get to these two book reviews, on May 5 (here soon) I plan on watching and then posting a review of the Christian movie I Still Believe. Wow! A shocker to adding the possibility of reviewing Christ-centered movies. My main reason for wanting to do this is I actually like Jeremy Camp's music, which is Christ-centered and truly helps put the focus on Christ. I want to see how well the Director and writer of the movie did on re-telling Jeremy Camp's life with his first wife, Melissa, before her death. Other than that, I wish everyone a blessed Saturday, and pray this helps someone who has been feeling depressed and needing help to "do something about it." In the name of Jesus, amen.

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