Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lessons from Gilligan's Island

By Allen White

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:9-11

What really matters? My bundled services went out a couple of days ago. Without phone, internet and cable, we began to feel like the castaways on Gilligan’s Island. Of course, we did have cell phones, so we could identify more closely with the Howells, I suppose. (Did you ever wonder why Thurston and Lovey brought so much luggage for a three-hour tour? I sometimes digress.)

Major setbacks often clarify what is truly important. Victims of fire or flood usually appear on the news saying, “Well, at least we have each other and that’s what is truly important.” We would certainly agree.

Paul tells us that what matters most is “righteous character.” If your character truly matters most, then what are you holding on to that hinders your character development? What could someone blame you for? How can you make that right?

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