Candy Land

Daily reading: Mark 10:32-52
Monday February 22, 2016

Focus passage: James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”  “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.  They said, “Allow one of us to sit on your right and the other on your left when you enter your glory.”  Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you’re asking!  Can you drink the cup I drink or receive the baptism I receive?” Mark 10:35-38

In the children’s game Candy Land, you never know if you are going to advance or move backwards with each turn.  You might just be a few paces away from King Candy’s palace and then get the card that had “Peppermint Forrest” on it and have to move all the way back, almost to the starting point of the game.

Candy Land has this movement where you go two steps forward only to have to take one step back.  Just when you think you have made some progress you find yourself sliding back down only to have to climb up again.

Our faith journey can be very similar.  We find that we move forward one day, only to go backwards the next, and I think that is because our faith impacts all of our life.  We might get one aspect, like being kind to one another in our work life down, but haven’t translated it into all areas of our life (or to the people we find it super difficult to be kind to).  And so we slid backwards.

Be in prayer today for how the faithful call to discipleship can infuse all areas of your life.

Prayer:  God help me to see more clearly, help me to grow in the servant ministry of Christ today.  Amen.


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