John 16:33 (NIV )“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
While home on break from college my oldest daughter found the family, Monopoly set. She rallied her brother, sister and cousins to join in. Adults sat this one out- I observed each player come to the table with a glimmer of hope and a strategic plan of “monopoly world domination.” I witnessed the rise of one the fall of another. The greed grew as the hours went on, my 12-year-old nephew added his own twist by initiating trades or charging flat rates to ensure a percentage off if someone landed on his property. My 11-year-old son even began to pray, asking Jesus for favor in his dealings.
They started the game on equal ground with the same amount. However the more money they won, the more the plotting to gain grew deeper. The more property they purchased the more they wanted, greed had over taken them all. In order to maintain their winnings they attempted to scam one another and engage in illegal monopoly business dealings. By the end of the game they struggled just to keep the little bit they had left; and resorted to cheating and lying before inevitably losing it all.
Much like how the world operates today, it was every man for himself. Even though this was just a game and their normal characteristics consist of generosity with true care for each other, when left to our own devices each of us are capable of greed. There is a consistent pull to keep our eyes only on our own wants and needs- that of course is human nature. Now there is nothing wrong with handling your business, staying in your lane and having your home in order. However, when we take our eyes off of Jesus the true hope of Glory and worry solely about our own self gain, we miss out (Matthew 6:27).
We live in a broken world, but take heart Jesus overcame the world! Dear friend He loves you more than you can ever imagine (John 3:16). He sees our short comings, failures, mistakes and He still Loves us with an unconditional love that cannot be broken (Romans 8:38). We can’t earn it and we don’t deserve it, but it’s there (Ephesians 2:8-9). So, we look to Him to lead us in our homes and communities. We look to Him, to strengthen us daily and help us do what’s right in His eyes in order to make a difference here on Earth. We are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). When you give of your time, talents and resources to those around you it brings forth change. It demonstrates hope to those who feel helpless.
1John 4:19 (KJV) We love because He first loved us.
Galatians 6:9 (KJV) And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
God is on the move,
This month our needs: Mentors, tutor, bunk bed
Math tutor for a 3rd/4th grade foster youth
A bunk bed for a foster family
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Bravery in the ordinary can lead to a life that is extraordinary. Come be inspired to rise up and make a difference in your community. Experience stories and music that will fill you with hope that you can live a life of bravery too. A free event for middle school and high school girls and their guardians. Speakers, music, self defense, giveaways and more. Invite your friends – they won't want to miss this epic night!
Location • Mariners Church Worship Center
Come at 5:30p for patio fun, games and food. Program starts at 7pm
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