A Template For Life

This summer I decided to make a game board for a certain marble game as a gift for friends and family.  This board is made of out wood and will has indentations for marbles to circle the board.  A friend gave me such a gift and now I want to replicate it.  The process includes joining boards together to form a larger board and drilling pockets for marbles.  There are 108 such indentations strategically placed.  For mass production, in my case 5 or six boards, I made a template.  This took time but was worth the Investment.  Each game board could be easily marked with pencil to identify specifically where each hole should be drilled. 

Each of us have certain patterns we follow whether we realize it or not.  I refer to this as ‘my way of doing things.’  I manage my money in a certain way.  I do business and make purchases in a certain way.  Within certain parameters, these ways have no moral implications.  But if we look closely, there is a pattern, a template of sorts that is followed.

We must admit however that certain ways are more effective or productive than other ways.  Budgeting money intentionally normally brings better results than indiscriminate use of credit cards.  Keeping children accountable for where they are provides greater safety from danger than blanket trust. 

The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “You should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.”  Paul wasn’t referring to money management or raising children.  The context of this statement is the struggle people face in making decisions about what is right and wrong or what is acceptable and what is not.  The defining statement in this passage is found in chapter 10, verse 31, “Whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.” 

Unlike my template made of poster board, this template or way of thinking and doing things can be applied to all of life.  I can choose to honor God in my role as husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, customer, and pastor.  This choice will influence my use of time, my spending of money, and my words.  It also will serve as an example to those watching.  Perhaps the greatest benefit is the nurturing of a healthy relationship with God because my choices align with his.  But to make this happen, I must use the template God has given me, the Bible.