“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
It’s officially called March Madness, and it’s the annual collegiate basketball tournament that determines the number one college team in the nation.
Everyone I worked with was invested in one or more of the betting pools that were circulating throughout the office. With 10-20 dollar minimums to participate, the winners were guaranteed a pretty hefty prize.
The Bible doesn’t necessarily command us not to gamble, but it does contain numerous principles that instruct us to avoid behavior that can potentially become addictive. I knew my family history, and I knew myself well enough to know I could get unintentionally caught up in that zone.
Every time I was approached about betting, I graciously declined. No matter how politely I declined, the typical response was either a snicker, raised eyebrow, or a combination of the two.
Peer pressure is alive and well in the neighborhood playground and the corporate high rise; only the stakes are different.
God has given you free will and that gives the power to make daily choices. He tells you to, “Choose this day whom you will serve, God or man.” He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He always wants us to make healthy choices. Every choice we make either contributes positively or negatively towards the character He desires to build in us. At times, the healthy choice is not the most convenient choice.
Rejection – even for the right reasons – is still rejection, and in our frail human state that¹s never a good feeling. Yet compared to the rejection Christ suffered and the price He paid for us; it’s not even worth mentioning.
So when March Madness rolls in this year, I’ll enjoy the games from my sofa and I’ll grin and bear the snide comments at the office, because I know after March Madness, Easter Sunday is just around the corner!
Today, I challenge you to commit yourself to let Gods voice speak into your heart and let it go deeper than other voices ringing in your ears. All you have to do is ask.
Calvin is a graphic designer, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. He’s thoroughly convinced that the transformative LOVE of Jesus Christ is REAL.