DayBreaks for 4/6/17: Join the Winners???

DayBreaks for 4/6/17: Join the Winners???

What does a Christ-like mind look like as we live in the world? We can see it clearly in the great saints and martyrs, such as Mother Teresa or Albert Schweitzer. I’m drawn as well to the idea William Placher suggests in his book Narratives of a Vulnerable God as he uses an illustration from the world of basketball. Professor Placher writes, “In basketball the players who are always asking, ‘How am I doing? Am I getting my share of the shots?’ Those are the ones who never reach their full potential. It is the players who lose themselves who find themselves. And it’s that kind of self-forgetfulness that makes the best players.” And isn’t that the case with all of us in whatever we do?

I read about one of the fastest growing churches in the world, with branches in 32 countries already. It is called the Winners Church, and according to its leaders, it lives by a motto that comes from America’s religious culture. Here’s the motto: “Be happy. Be successful. Join the winners.” People flock to that kind of church.

But it all depends, doesn’t it, on how we define winning? I wonder what kind of church you would have if your motto were “Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.” Or about this one for a motto, “Those who want to save their lives will lose them and those who lose their lives for my sake, will find them.” Or one more, “Take up your cross and follow Him to Calvary!”

Those were Jesus’ mottos. I’m not sure he’d recognize the mottos of some churches today.

What is the “motto” of your life? What are you striving for? When you take your last breath, will it have been worth it or merely chasing after wind?

PRAYER: Jesus, your calling and mottos are hard. They are hard to hear and much harder to accept and live out. Give us the kind of hearts that realize that we only win in and through you and that whatever else we pursue other than that saving relationship with you is foolishness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.

 

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2 thoughts on “DayBreaks for 4/6/17: Join the Winners???

  1. Very good

    On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 1:07 AM DayBreaks Devotions wrote:

    > Galen posted: ” DayBreaks for 4/6/17: Join the Winners??? What does a > Christ-like mind look like as we live in the world? We can see it clearly > in the great saints and martyrs, such as Mother Teresa or Albert > Schweitzer. I’m drawn as well to the idea William Placher sug” >

    • Thanks, Barney! Blessings and peace to you.

      On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 1:05 AM, DayBreaks Devotions wrote:

      > Respond to this comment by replying above this line > New comment on DayBreaks Devotions > > * Barney Cargile commented on DayBreaks for 4/6/17: Join the Winners??? > > * > > DayBreaks for 4/6/17: Join the Winners??? What does a Christ-like mind > look like as we live in the world? We can see it clearly … > > Very good > >

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