I remember a particular spring day on the playground in elementary school when a classmate was playing a game with us and became angry, quit and stomped away. It was the first time I ever heard the words, "poor sport." It was a common tag someone "earned" who disagreed with the rules of the game (or its outcome) and they either ruined the game itself or quit the game, often leaving uneven teams - whether it was baseball, red rover or just a simple game of tag.
Just in case you haven't noticed...a zombie craze is in full swing in our nation. Zombie movies, zombie video games, zombie TV, zombie gatherings, zombie parties - and so on. Some may think it is simply a harmless phase the nation is going through like flagpole sitting, stuffing into telephone booths or hula hoops were in the past. I see this as a wicked symptom of a greater evil.
Recently I was preaching a message from 2 Peter 1 where God commands us to add virtue to our faith. Having faith in Jesus Christ will save the soul. The next item to add to our lives after faith in Christ is virtue - we would most likely label that characteristic as character.
We have become a sound-byte society. Talent has become more admirable than character.
Two verses captured my attention yesterday, and the more that I dwell upon their power, the more strength I find I have through Christ: Philippians 3:14, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." along with Galatians 6:9, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
I was reading about Jesus and the temptation of the devil and a phrase in Matthew 4:11 immediately took me back in my childhood, "Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." I remember an artist's rendition hanging in my room when I was a small boy of an angel hovering over a boy and girl as they crossed an old bridge across a raging torrent of water.