This past week, my family discovered the newest weight loss fad. It’s called the flu. That’s right, if you want to lose 2-4 pounds, just stop on by our house to pick up your free stomach flu bug.
Four of the five of us (so far!) have taken turns being sick. Saturday was my day. I spent the whole day lying as still as possible in my bed, praying with all my remaining strength that the toxins in my body which were trying so violently to escape would head south, rather than north–if you catch my drift. And, thankfully, God relented to my request. Let’s just leave it like this: I will never again look at Yoo-Hoo the same way.
But isn’t it strange how sickness can travel from one person to another, especially in families who live in close quarters? We could almost see the incubation period for each of us as we wondered who would be next to succumb to the scourge. Tuesday was our older daughter; Wednesday was a day of incubation. Thursday was our son; Friday was a day of incubation. Saturday was me; Sunday…yup, more incubating. Monday was my wife’s turn (she’s a bad sick person); and Tuesday? Well, so far, it’s a calm day, but you never know what tomorrow will bring.
And in many ways, Christian faith works the same as the flu bug–very contagious, especially among families who spend any time together. In his first letter, Peter encouraged believing women with unbelieving husbands like this: “You wives should yield to your husbands. Then, if some husbands do not obey God’s teaching, they will be persuaded to believe without anyone’s saying a word to them. They will be persuaded by the way their wives live. Your husbands will see the pure lives you live with your respect for God.” (1 Peter 3:1-2 NCV)
It’s amazing how reverence for God, personal holiness, and inner strength can speak volumes about a person’s private faith. As the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.”
But, oh that we could be so persuasive! Would that we lived our lives in such a way that those closest to us would catch the Jesus bug!
Here’s a little advice from someone who has lived in the tents of sickness for a week: share your faith with your family, not the stomach flu.
Hmm, I think I’m in the mood for a little Yoo-Hoo…