no, not that kind of 7up
I came across this on another blog, and thought it worth re-posting and commenting on
‘The first is wake-up – Begin the day with the Lord. It is His day. Rejoice in it.
The second is dress-up – Put on a smile. It improves your looks. It says something about your attitude.
The third is shut-up – Watch your tongue. Don’t gossip. Say nice things. Learn to listen.
The fourth is stand-up – Take a stand for what you believe. Resist evil. Do good.
Five, look-up – Open your eyes to the Lord. After all, He is your only Savior.
Six, reach-up – Spend time in prayer with your adorations, confessions, thanksgivings and supplications to the Lord.
And finally, lift-up – Be available to help those in need – serving, supporting, and sharing.’
(taken from here)
I like the ideas contained in these seven-ups, though I don’t pretend it’s totally easy to do. Whoever said being a Christian is easy? That’s absurd when you come to think about it! Being a Christian – following a radical Jesus as Shane Claiborne puts it – and taking on the powers of darkness by being counter cultural for the sake of the Kingdom can never be easy!
I suppose my only concern with these it’s the ‘dress-up’ bit. It makes me uncomfortable not because it’s talking about dressing smarter – it isn’t – but because there is a danger that putting on a smile descends into masking how we actually feel. But I do agree that we can smile more – because following Jesus – in spite of the struggles, persecution and hardships – is a JOY and nothing can separate us from the love of God.