Years ago my uncle endeavored to teach me to play chess. What I remember the most about this experience was his direction to “see the whole board.” To look at the bigger picture, not just the minute, individual parts. Seeing just the next move can be deceiving, or cause us to have to make more moves down the line than otherwise necessary, but looking toward the greater outcome we desire can cause our immediate decision to have so much more meaning and impact.
This is sound advice for the way we live, and view, our lives. To look at the bigger picture, to “see the whole board.” We are each part of the wonderful mosaic of God’s design, and our actions make a difference to the health and beauty of that design. When we smile at a stranger, pray prayers of intercession for others, both known and unknown to us, when we contribute out of the bounty we have received to further the good of others. Contributions to our church, to our community, to our world may seem small, but seeing the “whole board,” and what a tiny seed can do in the larger picture, allows us to live more fully in the community of God. What is in part, makes up a healthy whole. As we see the bigger picture, and the unlimitedness of God, we each experience the presence and blessing of an infinite, bountiful God.
“Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be is not yet revealed. What we know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.” (1 John 3: 2)
Affirmation: “God’s bounty is unlimited. Whenever I have a need, or questions, I have a little talk with God. Prayer is indeed therapy for my soul.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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