Soul Survivor Not Sole Survivor

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In a pastor’s conference message, a post online I heard on the drive home, the pastor warned about people who pitch discord. We should not be one of those types of people, and we should be wary of people who are that. When we are working with another person or a group or even with ourselves, it means we also should try to work out the best, work things out in the Lord’s Love. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. You, me and the Lord. We are to know that the Lord is intending Himself to be our “third cord” AGAINST anything in the world’s discord. 

How much better we are for knowing the Lord is WITH us than trying to  live without His guidance. King Solomon is said to have this observation in Ecclesiastes: “Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning.” Isn’t it best to check in with God? Yes it is. Is it best to know what season of life we are in? Yes, check with God for today’s weather, wander and wonder.

Recorded online, I recently watched the season finale of Survivor, it’s one of the very few TV events that I catch. I skipped the middle seasons, but at the beginning 20 years ago it was novel and riveting – and now it’s simply entertainment pleasure combined with mild intrigue. I am interested in their editing motives to craft the show and how the production holds back info (you don’t know how the jury will vote) on purpose. We are manipulated, but not any different than a “who done it” mystery. Plus it’s just fun to watch, one of those few things I reserve time for,  to break up my week. Just enough…

Sole Survivor is one person each season, and winning depends upon social games, strategy, and determination, outwit outlast outplay. However it also relies on everyone else’s strategy and sometimes the numbers are just against you. Someone does win and due to their same adversaries who vote for them or not. There’s mixed emotions of friendships, admiration of game play, and not voting for someone who ticked you off. There’s only one sole survivor each season. 

I contrast this with the seasons the Lord gives us. A season for everything. To everything there is a season. If sometimes the numbers seem against you then the wrong game you are playing…  There is going to be tough times in this world. We don’t belong here. Our Home is yet to come. Meanwhile we must live best we can here.

What season are we in? How can we be a SOUL SURVIVOR for this season and keep our focus on forever? Don’t try to buy comfort or “life” with worldliness or fame, fast talk or construing strife… of worldly things there is “A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. ” We are to live in the Lord’s Love. (Instead of being the watchers on the sidelines, we could all take an attempt at being a fire-rescuer and running into the scene to SHARE HOPE.) How will people know how to escape the despair unless they see the Light.

We don’t get to be a life survivor on our own work. Our Soul Surviving comes by relying upon Jesus covering us with His Love, spreading Himself sacrificially into repairing our wounds. Sparing us from the judgment that all will receive: “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

One sage piece of advice from Jesus Himself – whether you are watching or LIVING “Survivor” for work, home, challenges, and triumphs is this: Take One Day at a Time. The season you are in today is today. Let’s embrace our opportunities and leave our strife behind. Be one of those people who rely on God as the third cord, and the Weaver of all.

God’s got this.

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it.

AMEN

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-17

Solomon writes:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Solomon writes: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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