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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Charade (08/14/08)

TITLE: It 's Too Late to Play Games
By Sherry A. Jackman
08/18/08


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Games are for children. Often times we as adults think that life is just one big game. And while it is true that games can be played to refresh or rejuvenate us, they should not be the main focus of our lives. I have a relative who canít understand why he remains unemployed; yet, when you call his cell phone which is his only means of being contacted by a prospective employer, you reach Larry the Cable Guy. While a humorous greeting may be acceptable on a phone that is not used for business, what does this type of greeting tell business people about the person they are calling? Does it say: I am mature, I seriously need this job and I will give you a good dayís work for the salary you are planning to pay me? When I hear this greeting on my loved oneís phone, it tells me he is immature and unwilling to grow up.

Life is serious stuff. We are in the last days here and cannot afford to be playing games with our lives, let alone our Christianity. Our Heavenly Father God does have a sense of humor; all I have to do is look at my V-shaped feet to know that. However, He expects His children to mature and grow, not spend our lives playing games or living deceitfully. Games are for children. Often times we as adults think that life is just one big game. And while it is true that games can be played to refresh or rejuvenate us, they should not be the main focus of our lives. I have a relative who canít understand why he remains unemployed; yet, when you call his cell phone which is his only means of being contacted by a prospective employer, you reach Larry the Cable Guy. While a humorous greeting may be acceptable on a phone that is not used for business, what does this type of greeting tell business people about the person they are calling? Does it say: I am mature, I seriously need this job and I will give you a good dayís work for the salary you are planning to pay me? When I hear this greeting on my loved oneís phone, it tells me he is immature and unwilling to grow up.

Life is serious stuff. We are in the last days here and cannot afford to be playing games with our lives, let alone our Christianity. Our Heavenly Father God does have a sense of humor; all I have to do is look at my V-shaped feet to know that. However, He expects His children to mature and grow, not spend our lives playing games or living deceitfully. First, we are to feed on the Milk of the Word and then graduate to the strong meat. We need to grow into mature Christians who can become disciples and disciple others. We cannot continue to act like spiritual children or ninnies and deceive ourselves into thinking we are accomplishing what God has for us to do.

Too many children need parenting. How can we parent others if our behavior doesnít show them that we are not needing to be diapered and bottle-fed? Just as we have to grow up in our physical bodies, so we have to grow up spiritually.

There is much work to be done in Godís Kingdom. Time is growing short. As we look around us and see our countryís values and foundations being eroded more each day, we need to remember Godís word says that ďIf my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land.Ē

Doesnít our land truly need Godís healing touch? How many people have we helped to snatch from the jaws of hell? Have we offered a word of encouragement to someone that unbeknownst to us may be contemplating suicide? Have we reached out with a cup of cold water in Jesusí name, or are we too busy playing church to see when others are hurting?

One way we can grow spiritually is to be sure to feed daily on Godís Word. To abide in the vine and let our roots grow deep in Him. As we allow ourselves to be nourished by God, we will avoid depression and discouragement in our own lives. We can then turn our focus outward and seek to be the arms and legs of Jesus and fulfill the calling He has on our lives.

First, we are to feed on the Milk of the Word and then graduate to the strong meat. We need to grow into mature Christians who can become disciples and disciple others. We cannot continue to act like spiritual children or ninnies and deceive ourselves into thinking we are accomplishing what God has for us to do.

Too many children need parenting. How can we parent others if our behavior doesnít show them that we are not needing to be diapered and bottle-fed? Just as we have to grow up in our physical bodies, so we have to grow up spiritually.

There is much work to be done in Godís Kingdom. Time is growing short. As we look around us and see our countryís values and foundations being eroded more each day, we need to remember Godís word says that ďIf my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land.Ē

Doesnít our land truly need Godís healing touch? How many people have we helped to snatch from the jaws of hell? Have we offered a word of encouragement to someone that unbeknownst to us may be contemplating suicide? Have we reached out with a cup of cold water in Jesusí name, or are we too busy playing church to see when others are hurting?

One way we can grow spiritually is to be sure to feed daily on Godís Word. To abide in the vine and let our roots grow deep in Him. As we allow ourselves to be nourished by God, we will avoid depression and discouragement in our own lives. We can then turn our focus outward and seek to be the arms and legs of Jesus and fulfill the calling He has on our lives.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/21/08
Your devotional piece is very challenging, as well as convicting.
Jan Ackerson 08/22/08
Your first paragraph was very strong, with your illustration of the "Larry the Cable Guy" phone message. It made me really want to move on.

I wonder if something went wrong with the submission process? You have several paragraphs that are repeated.

Good words of warning--thanks!
William Stevenson08/25/08
The Message of this article is great. I Like it. But like Jan, I'm a little puzzeled at the repetition. Is it deliberate? If so I think a little overdone. Kind of 'rubbing it in'. there's an old saying, 'Softly, softly catchee monkey.'
Keep writing.