A thought by Leonard Sweet, (2014-02-21) from his book, The Well-Played Life: Why Pleasing God Doesn't Have to Be Such Hard Work (p. 158). Tyndale Momentum. Kindle Edition.
We are living in a world where the self-centered actions of one can bring so much pain on another. What about the pain of a child when they are told that momma and daddy are breaking up? Many of you remember and still feel that pain.
I am discussing on my other blog, Bill’s Front Porch how to prevent an affair. That self-centered act for sure can tear out the heart of a relationship whether it is a mate, a child, a parent and even God. We each one have the freedom to bring great pain upon another don’t we? But it doesn’t have to be that way.
I like how Leonard takes the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, and shows it to be a Game of Life. He says, “In the traditional RPS game, each gesture has a meaning, a function, and a consequence. Scissors cuts Paper; Paper covers Rock; and Rock breaks Scissors. Sin is our Scissors. Our lives (our stories) are Paper. Jesus is the Rock, the Rock of Ages. Our salvation is set in stone. Jesus is a rock solid reality. The most important journey we make in life is the journey from sin to salvation, the journey of Paper from Scissors to Rock.”
You see the relationships in our life make up our life story. It can be one of great pain or a wonderful life. Leonard says, “Sin slices and dices our lives into shreds, turning us into mere fragments of our whole selves, with deep bruises on our souls. The Scissors of sin separate, infiltrate, and negate our true selves and stories, leaving us dysfunctional and deaf, no longer on speaking terms with the universe. When Scissors cut into the stories of our lives, they can cut out everything good and beautiful that we know to be true about ourselves.”
Don’t let that be your life story. Don’t let your Paper cover the Rock but let the Rock of Ages come and break that power of sin in your life and create a life story that has Him at the center of it. And if you do that it will make a positive difference in all of your relationships.
So how is your game of RPS effecting your relationships today?