FINDING A NEW CONSTANT
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Normally I don't repost my own work, but today as I was reading through the daily devotional I was sending to our parents, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the same thoughts for today. So if you are a parent and read today, this will be somewhat of a repeat. So here we go. National Pie day. Now before you think of something crazy, it is the day in which mathematicians all over the world celebrate PI= 3.141592653589793... You get the picture. It is the day, March 14th or 3/14 every year that they have the opportunity to celebrate that PI is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its’ diameter, and is ALWAYS the same number no matter which circle you try to compute. So in other words, PI is constant and never changing. WOW... This number that is derived in ancient Egypt and Babylon still remains the same today. Mathematicians claim that PI is an infinite decimal. The numbers to the right of the decimal never repeat and they will go on forever. If you don’t believe me than google ‘digits of pi’ and see how far they will go.
Funny how we put so much faith and trust in a number and how little value we really believe in the amazing story of God. In understanding our scripture verse for the day, Paul is writing to the people of Philippi about having a better understanding of what we are called to do. We are called to get a bigger piece of the pie and no matter how big life gets that time and effort
to understand God is a constant. One of the most difficult things that we fail to understand is that God is calling us to strive to do better. We are failing to understand that God does have a plan of victory for our lives and for the lives of our families. That is a constant. There is no questioning what God has in store for the family, because ever since the beginning of time God created the family and saw it as VERY GOOD. We have already seen that this week. The major question is whether or not we believe it enough to take hold of the plans God does have in store for us.
As we look at the scripture for today, we really have a chance to look at the constant of pressing forward. What are the true constants in each of our lives. God....Family... Friends... Prayer... Pets... Food... Work... Air... Water... Schedules... etc... I was just wondering what really are the things that are constant in our lives. As we look at PI, it blows my mind that it continues to go on forever and never repeats. Even though it is a constant that helps us to determine the ratio of a circles circumference to its' diameter. That is the main function, but crazier is the fact that we truly rely on that number more than we realize. Paul was encouraging the people of Philippi to rely on the constant of God. As a person that had experienced the grace and mercy of God, Paul spent most of the rest of his life telling the constant story of the Gospel to the world. Funny thing is that Paul's stories still continue to resonate with us today. Why??? Because the foundation of his story and ours is a constant... GOD. We really need to find a way to return the CONSTANT. We need to stop replacing God with other things in this world. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and the sooner we realize that fact, the stronger our ability to share that CONSTANT with the world.
Think about that today... eat a piece of pie, buy a piece of pie for someone else that you may not even know, and when they ask you why you did that simply answer because God has something better in store for them and let them know that pie is just the beginning. The crazy thing is our lives changed on 3/14/20, but we all found a new constant through the gift of LOVE God was able to give to us through the ultimate sacrifice of His Son Jesus. Share that constant with your family today. That the God or EVERYTHING was willing to stop and give up EVERYTHING for SOMETHING as small as you. Now that’s a tough bite to swallow. God, help us to continue to focus on You and Your plan for our lives. Help us to extend the meaning of that love to our families and to everyone that we meet. You were willing to give us not just a piece of pie but the whole thing, and instead of saying thank you, we just want more. Humble our hearts and spirits in an ability to teach our future generations the importance of having You in our lives on a daily basis. AMEN