“Rock, Paper, Scissors”

This Week’s Meditation:  “Rock, Paper, Scissors”
Read: Matthew 7:24-27

Next week my wife and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage. It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed but it has me reflecting on some of the important values and foundations of marriage and family.  In this passage from Matthew 7 Jesus talks about foundations and the importance of making those foundations intentional instead of leaving things to chance.

Most people have played the ultimate game of chance; Rock, Paper, Scissors.  The key to winning is picking the opposite thing that will crush or cover what your opponent has picked.  Unfortunately we too often approach marriage and family conflicts in this same way.  One side wants their way, and the other side wants another way.

Ogden Nash once gave some wonderful advice about those type of conflicts and how to overcome them.  He said, “Whenever your wrong, admit it.  Whenever your right, shut up!”  In other words live in the way Jesus taught us in the gospels.  Have a repentant and forgiving heart when you are wrong, and stay humble and gentle when you are right.

In this scripture text Jesus talks about building your life, your marriage, your family on the rock so that it will not be left to chance when the storms come rolling through.  He is not promising a life without troubles and conflicts, but he is encouraging us to follow His Word and His Way’s when dealing with them.

At the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II, Geoffrey Francis Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury gave the bride and groom some advice.  He said, “The ever-living Christ is here to bless you.  The nearer you keep him, the nearer you will be to one another.”  That quote echoes Matthew 7:24-27. Great advice to live by!

Please remember, God’s forgiveness is always available if you have failed in the past.  He wants to restore you, and renew your life on the rock that will not give way in the future.  But most of all he wants you to make him (Jesus Christ) the foundation that your life (Marriage and Family) is built upon.  Don’t leave it to chance!

Make it personal:  Pick one are in your marriage or in your relationship with your children that you would like to work on.  Remember the foundation that Jesus talks about and try to bring his character and his example into those relationships.

Have a blessed week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church