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Springfield Today, March 27, 2018

April 3, 2018 by  
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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

I have never forgotten her story, or his story, especially.  He took a gamble and lost.  I don’t know if you read about them or heard about them.

In France, evidently it’s common practice for a person to buy an apartment “for life.”   And because good apartments, in desirable sections of town, are hard to come by, people will make a legal agreement with a person to pay them a certain amount monthly, and then when that person dies they get the coveted apartment.

Andre-Francois Raffray (maybe the unluckiest guy ever) thought he had a great deal.  As a 47-year-old man he had met a woman 90 years old, who had a fabulous apartment; it was everything he had ever hoped for (Location! Location! Location!); and she agreed if he paid her $500 a month – he could have her apartment when she died.  He jumped at the deal.  All the legal papers were drawn up and signed.

It really did sound like a super deal for him. I mean realistically how much longer could this 90-year-old woman live? And then he would have the apartment of his dreams.  Even if she lived 10 more years it would be worth it to him.

But Raffray died at age 77, after having forked over $184,000 for an apartment he never got to live in.  Because the 90-year-old woman, whom he had entered the legal agreement with, was still living when he died.  Jeanne Calment was 120 years old when Raffrey died.  She lived to be 122 years old and is the only person who has officially been documented to have lived for over 120 years.

Now just imagine what Raffery thought, when as a 47-year old, he entered that deal with this 90-year-old. He must have thought this is the greatest deal ever!

And get this, (to make it even worse) he ended up paying twice the market value of that apartment, and to make matters even worse, his widow was obligated to continue paying the $500 dollars a month, even after he had died.  And if Mrs. Calment had out lived her, then their children and grandchildren would have been obligated to continue paying her.

When someone asked about it, her simple answer was, “In life, one sometimes makes bad deals.”

Think about this, I have no doubt when he made the deal, everyone thought it was a great deal.  Not one person would have advised against making that deal.  No one would have said, “Andre, don’t take the gamble.” But after 30 years, our opinion and all of his friends’ opinion, with 20/20 hindsight, would have changed dramatically. We all would have advised against the deal.

Here’s the point.  I see people all the time who look back, and sometimes too late, and realize they gambled and lost.

I’ve seen parents gamble with their kids.  And somehow they chose to believe kids would just grow up to be responsible, loving adults.  And so they took a gamble and never spent time with them – they were too busy. They didn’t go to church with them – that was their only day off.  They didn’t instill values – they kept compromising on the truth and their kids saw it.  They gambled and lost and now are wondering why their kids don’t want to have anything to do with them.

And I’ve seen people gambler with their marriages.  Somehow they think, “Oh, they love me.  He or she will put up with me just doing my own thing.”  And they have done nothing to keep the marriage alive and healthy.  They have gambled and lost – and they realized it when they heard those words, “I want a divorce.”

And I’ve seen people gamble with God all the time.  I’ve seen people gambling over what it really means for Jesus to be Lord of their life.  Sometimes, because they don’t experience the consequences of their decisions immediately, they think they have pulled the wool over God’s eyes and He doesn’t realize He’s not Lord.

I don’t want that to be me.  I don’t want to take a gamble and move God down on my priority list.  I want to live with Jesus as the Lord of my life.  Years ago Chuck Colson said, “The greatest challenge facing the church today is to reassert the Lordship of Christ.”  It was true then, it’s even truer today.

Let’s not take the gamble.  I want to live today, and tomorrow, and every day, with Jesus as my Lord.

 

Who are you going to invite to join you in worship this Easter Sunday?

 

What You Need to Know

 

Wednesday, March 28 is the Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. Be praying that the children and families attending will see Jesus through us and return for services.

 

On Easter Sunday, April 1st, we will begin receiving our Easter Offering for missions and “giving to others.”  This is a harvest principle that helps us fulfill our mission as a church.  It’s an opportunity to give of our resources to help others hear the “Good News of Jesus.” We are making a difference in our world!  Ask the Lord what He would have you give to our ever-increasing responsibility to take the Gospel to every nation and to make Christ-like disciples.

Easter Services:

Friday, March 30th             7:00pm Good Friday Service – Communion Served

Saturday, March 31st            10:00am Prayer Walk in the neighborhood around the church

Sunday, April 1st                        8:00am Early Combine Easter Service with Sherman and Trinity Churches of the Nazarene

9:00am  Easter Breakfast together

10:30am Resurrection Celebration Worship Gathering

 

Did you notice the new sign on the front fence of the church? It looks great!

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