Monday Manifesto #13: Life is not a Zero Sum Game


”A zero-sum game is a mathematical representation of a situation in which each participant's gain or loss of utility is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of the utility of the other participants.”

Oh, sister, the world is a scary place.  When viewed from a certain angle, it can seem like seven billion people have been thrown onto one spinning ball, with only enough for a few of them to survive.  But, is that true?   Does someone else winning add to my losing? Are we destined to scrape by on the leftovers of other people’s abundance. 

We could quote a lot of scriptures here, about how Jesus wants us to live in the overflow of the gifts He’s promised (and we’ll list some below), but I think this one is enough.  In fact, this one creates PLENTY in our lives: 

“The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come to give you life abundantly.”  John 10:10 

Life abundantly. 

Life absolutely. 

Life extravagantly.  

When we live knowing that God has already portioned out enough for us - enough love, enough romance, enough happiness, enough approval, enough success - when we KNOW it, we can live securely.  We can also afford to give approval and love GENEROUSLY to those around us, rather than worrying that we’ll come up short.  

Give your approval this week by looking people in the eye when they’re speaking to you, by putting your cell phone away when others are in the room, by catching thoughts of jealousy, comparison or competition before they have a chance to form into words and fly out of your mouth.  This is just a start into a truly abundant life.  Let’s LIVE it together!  

This week, choose a word-bullet to shoot into thoughts of scarcity:  

-I am loved and chosen exactly as I am.  

-I have nothing to gain, nothing to lose, nothing to prove.  

-I am seen, known and accepted in HIs heart.  

-I have great gifts to offer the world and they are not diminished by other people’s gifts or talents. 

-I have been called to live in the abundant love of Jesus and to give it freely to others.  

Whitney ParnellComment