Hunger Games

As I re-read through my devotion this morning and in pondering my day yesterday, I continue to realize how far I have to go.  Tripp asks this second question at the end of the chapter...

How would the way I approach life change if I lived with a picture of God's face of love in my heart day after day?

I'll be honest, I don't know.  I suppose my love, patience and kindness toward others would increase.
I suppose I would have more joy in my life.  How I see myself would change.  When I look in the mirror, would I continue to see the broken man I am or would I see the a child of the One True God?

I was playing a game online with my daughter a couple nights ago.   The premise of the game is similar to hunger games... I know very spiritual right?   As we played the game the playing area got smaller.  If you found yourself outside the playing area, then you took damage.  The problem is I had no idea where I was, I couldn't see the barrier of the playing area... I had no idea how to get back into the playing area.  So slowly my player began taking damage.  I frantically tried to find my way, but to no avail... my player died.

I am so thankful God is not like this.  God didn't just toss us out in an open field with a few supplies and then just when we think we are making progress... he doesn't change the rules.   He gives us clear direction and clear boundaries.

Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind... You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

So I know what direction I need to head toward... I know the boundary.  The question I need to ask is how far away am I from it.  What damage am I taking and what damage may I be giving by not living inside the boundary.   Am I really loving God with all my heart, soul, and mind... Am I really loving others as myself?


  1. You know why Aleah had you play don't you? She knows she can beat you! :) The devotion was spot on Ryan. When I play outside the lines, I get in trouble. God set up boundaries on purpose. His command of loving with all that is within me may be hard to do but it is essential to life in Him.

    1. She does enjoy putting me in my place. Boundaries are so important... knowing where those boundaries are equally so.

  2. Such a great analogy in that video game, Ryan. No, God is our protector; He will never just toss us to the wolves and tell us to do our best. He's right there with us! But these are good, soul-searching questions to ask ourselves, and I will be doing so.

    1. Thanks Martha, I am thankful God is our protector... Without His protection, I would have been out of the game a long time ago.


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