Chutes and Ladders (Part 1)

As you can see by the title, we are going to discuss the classic children’s board game. Chutes and Ladders has many different variations but the concept is the same, as you move on the board if you land on a ladder you go up and if you land on a chute you do down. It’s a very simple concept!

I am a very competitive person, anyone who knows me, knows that to be true. I turn everything into a competition, I want to win at everything! Life is like a game. We are the pieces on the playing board of life. Every move we make in life has an outcome whether it’s good or bad, helpful or hurtful.

I saw a verse a few weeks ago that made me think about this game “Chutes and Ladders.”

“Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭26:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I want to talk about the last half of this verse today. “I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.”

In the Christian life, we can slide. In life in general, we can slide. Unless we trust in the Lord. I got to thinking about slides and thought of a few points that would illustrate our sliding away from God.

One of the best things about any playground is the slide. Slides are fun! I love y’all slides that go really fast! I remember a place in Colorado called the “North Pole.” It was like a children’s amusement park that was Christmas themed. There they had like a three-story slide that you had to go down on a potato sack! It was so much fun!

Even though slides are fun, no matter the shape or size, they all have somethings in common that we can learn from. It’s good to learn spiritual lessons from everyday things.

The Direction of a Slide.

The first direction a slide goes is down.

If you were playing “Chutes and Ladders” and landed on a chute, or a slide, you would slide back down the board to wherever it ends. You would move backwards.

A slide on a playground always goes down. I’ve never seen a playground slide that goes up!

In the Christian life, if we do not trust in God and I’m talking about trusting Him more than in just salvation, we will start to slide in our life and gradually decline and move away from Him. When we aren’t trusting in God, we are trusting in something else, whether it be ourselves, someone else, money or whatever the case may be, our trust isn’t in God. Lack of trust in God will bring sliding in our life.

The second direction a slide goes is away.

You may not always go down when you start to slide but you will definitely start sliding away from the top or where you should be.

When you fail to trust God, you will eventually end up sliding away from Him. It may not happen instantly but over time, there will be so much distance between you and God because you trusted in everything else but Him.

The Dangers of a Slide

Although slides are very fun, they can be dangerous! In my opinion, the higher a slide is and the faster it goes, the better! I don’t like the little three foot slides anymore, I need something exciting!

I’ve seen kids fall off of slides, get stuck on a slide, hit the ground hard at the bottom of a slide. I’ve seen children crying because of their experience on a slide! I’ve seen the dangers of a slide.

When we start sliding in our Christian life because we lack trusting in God, we are in danger of failing as a Christian. When we don’t trust in God to lead and guide us in our daily life, we are in danger of making stupid decisions that we will end up regretting later!

Slides at the playground are fun! Like I mentioned before, the higher and faster they go, the better! Sliding in life because of our lack of trust in God, that’s not fun. It has its consequences!

Trust in the Lord! He will keep you from sliding in life!

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Please Don’t Ask Me To Lie

It amazes me that at Christmastime, the time we celebrate the birth of Christ, the Saviour of mankind, we also partake in the sin of lying.

The first recorded sin in the Bible was the lie told by Satan. From the belief of that lie, a decision was made and now we are all sinners. Throughout the Bible we see how much God gates lying. In Proverbs 6, it’s part of the things the Lord hates.

Yet at Christmas, we lie. We lie and tell our children that Santa is real. We lie and tell them that he brings them presents based on whether they have been good or bad. We lie and tell them that he eats the cookies and and drinks the milk.

We teach our children not to lie. We teach them to be truthful and honest in everything they do. We even discipline them when they lie to us. So why lie to your children about Santa Claus.

My point is, you can tell your children what you want, but please don’t ask me to lie for you. Please don’t expect me to lie either. I don’t have a Bible verse that says that Santa Claus isn’t real so don’t believe in him, but I do have verses about lying. So please don’t ask me to lie.

I promise, I will not go out of my way to tell your child that Santa Claus isn’t real, because that’s between you, your child and God. But I also will promise this, I will not lie to your child either. I will be tactful, I will use wisdom, and in this case, I would just tell your child to go to you as their parent with any questions about Santa Claus.

I would also ask this of you, “Please don’t lie to my children about Santa Claus being real.” You don’t want me undermining your lie of Santa Claus to your child, please don’t undermine the truth I am trying to instill in my child.

I will also ask this of you, “Please don’t expect my children to lie to your child about Santa Claus either.” I will not tell my child to go around and tell other kids that Santa isn’t real, but if at some point it comes up in their conversation that Santa isn’t real, then I apologize that your child found out from my child that you have been lying to them.

As my daughters grow up, I want them to trust everything that their daddy and mommy tell them. I don’t want them to ever have a sliver of doubt in their mind that we may be lying to them. I want them to know that we will always be truthful and honest with them, just like we expect them to be with us. I want them to understand that they may not always like what we tell them, but at the same time, we are telling them the truth to help them, not hurt them.

I understand everyone’s parenting style differs. I know that I am young at this thing of parenthood, 4 years almost, but I am doing my best to raise my children the best way I know how. And one of those ways is by not lying to them, even about Santa Claus. Yes, I know I have areas to grow in and things I need to learn, but from a young age, I was taught not to lie, and now I want to teach my children that.

So to sum it all up, once again, please don’t ask me to lie. Please don’t ask my children to lie. Please don’t lie to my children.

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The Trying That Works

“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3-4 

We have all heard the saying, “Have faith in God, He will take care of you!” If you are like me, that is easier said than done. I know I am supposed to have faith in God. I know He will take care of me. I know all that and yet I still struggle with it!

It is hard to have faith in someone who you can’t see. It is hard to have faith in someone who you can’t hear. It is hard to have faith in someone who when you talk to them doesn’t verbally talk back.

It is trying! It is trying to have faith when nothing goes your way! You look around and see good things happening to other people and you are still just sitting there waiting on God to take care of you, all because you are having faith in God.

I am sure we all go through these emotions at some point or another in our life, asking ourselves is it worth it. Whether you ask yourself out loud or quietly in your heart and mind, we all ask.

I believe even the greatest, most spiritual Christians go through times where they feel like their faith isn’t working.

I love this verse here in James, where it says, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” God is going to try your faith. He will put it to the test. He does it, to make your faith stronger but also to work patience in your life.

We live in such a fast-paced society, where anything we want, we want it now. We need to learn patience now more than ever. God will try your faith, just to teach you patience.

Verse 4 tells us why we need patience, But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” If you have faith in God, and you learn to be patient with God, you will end up wanting nothing.

Too often, we run out of faith, we lose patience and we try to do life on our own and we end up in a bigger mess than before. If we would have just had patience, and let God do His thing, we would have ended up pretty good, wanting nothing.

So let God try your faith! Be patient with Him! He has everything under control!

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