Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March Madness and a Father's Desire

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Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ bringing you a positive message minute.

Before we talk about last night's NCAA championship game between the Zags and Tarheels, meditate for a moment on this verse.  "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

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It was a tension filled night at the Wiles' home.  Our brackets were tied at 105 points apiece before the big game.  Gabriel,my firstborn, had Gonzaga bringing home the trophy.  I had North Carolina cutting the nets at the end of the night.  Whoever won this game would determine who would get bragging rights in our household.  It also determined if Gabriel would wash my truck or if I was doing my son's chores for today. 

The Wiles point standings before the championship game.
You would think, with so much pride and chores on the line that I would be all-in for my Tarheels, but as the night wore on, I secretly started rooting for the underdogs. Why? Because I love my child.  I wanted to see him experience Joy in Victory.  I wanted to see my child Smile with Success.  I was willing to sacrifice my pride and the cleanliness of my truck just for my son to win. 

That's just a small version of how our Father in heaven feels about us, and He was willing to sacrifice much more so that we would could celebrate a Victory with Him in heaven. 

Again, I share the Lord's words.  "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11) Today, choose to believe in the Father's loving words and desires for your life.  You'll be glad you did. 

Ashley captured this photo of my son and I in 2011.

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