Daily Devotional – 8/25/15 “Your monopoly board!”

I was talking to a coworker today. She is one I’ve never met but we talk through email because she sends me reports I need on a weekly basis. Well, this morning the email got personal (you never know what a person is dealing with). Yet at the end of our conversation she said something that went all over me. She said, she is treating her new assignment at work like Monopoly and she wants all the buildings. Now, of course I see God working because I’m thinking, here this woman is, someone I don’t know personally but she’s struggling in her personal and work life yet she is looking at the situation from a different perspective. Not from the perspective of buying up all the properties and leaving folk bankrupt but she was speaking in regards to learning what she can and then using the knowledge to push her into something greater. Yea, she’s dealing with sickness in her body and then taking care of a sick parent yet she doesn’t miss work because she’s trying to buy all the buildings.

Here I am thinking … As Saints of God, what are we doing? As we are walking along the monopoly board called life, taking the chance of getting caught up in the traps that are being set by the enemy, rolling the dice and landing on other folk’s property, ending up in jail, crossing obstacles that knock us down (railroad tracks), being uninvolved in the community chest of our city’s suffering so we act like we don’t care about the unrest, consistently passing GO so it’s like we’re wandering lost; what are we reaching for? What are we doing with the assignment that God has given us? Are we going to just sit back and allow the enemy to buy up all the property and then we pay him every time we land on it? Are we going to continually wander lost without trying to figure out what our purpose is? What are we doing? Are we taking a chance? The bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” But we have to first put our present in the Lord. He won’t steer you wrong. Step up your faith game!

Daily Devotional – 12/11/13 “Keep going!”

In the game of Monopoly, you start at GO and in order to get back to GO you have to go the full circle of the board. Now, in the midst of going the circle you may land on a property that you can purchase, community chest, chance or maybe even jail but then you reach GO again and this time when you pass, you are rewarded with a $200 bonus. Now, in someone’s eyes this may just make that circle you have to go around worth it; you know to be rewarded in the end. Well, in my every day studying of God’s word, I’ve found this Christian journey to be almost the same. Yea, go with me for a moment. See, walking this path we have to endure and go through stuff just like the things on the monopoly board in order to insure that we reach GO again. We’ll pass over railroad tracks called haters which may end up costing us, we may land on other folk’s properties (by being in other folk’s business) and end up paying a price, we may land on chance or community chest and pull a card that might end in our favor or maybe not, we might end up in jail or sometimes our feet will land in a place where we’ll be able to buy our own land and reap the benefits, if we use our money wisely. Oh but then we land on GO again and God rewards us for our faithfulness because we endured through it all to make the full circle and now we stand with our head held up ready to go again. Yea, we stand at GO ready to reap our reward because although we’ve been hated on we weren’t hindered; had to pay a fine but we kept the faith, made some mistakes but we repented and maintained and every time we pass GO we receive an extra blessing in your bucket. Isn’t that good news?

Yes, I know the journey may get a little hard, giving up may look easier, sickness maybe getting you down, you’re sick of short paying the electric bill to pay rent, tired of wearing the same pair of jeans, tired of being broke on pay day, tired of hearing it’ll get better, tired of death coming into your family, tired of watching the news that’s only bad news, tired of folk posting all of their business on Facebook and just plain ole tired of being tired and sick of being sick but keep going. Yea, keep pushing, walking, rolling and grinding because it’ll pay off! For Colossians 3:23-24 says “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”