by David Cawston

Is That Your Final Answer?
David Cawston
Luke 11:1-10; Luke 18:1-8

Is that your final answer?" is a phrase/question that has taken on a life of its own. Popularized by Regis Philbin, it captures the suspense and essence of the wildly popular TV program, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

I like finality because it brings closure to pending issues.

It either affirms that we have "finally" won or lets us know that (like Job) "that which we have greatly feared has come upon us."

"Are you sure that this is your final answer?"

Are you ready to declare that what you have been living with is really God's final answer for your life.

My Croatian leader friend Peter Kuzmic reminds us, "never put a period
where God wants to put a comma!" God is the only One who can place a period
in the proper place because God is quite sure of His final answer!

For Sparky, school was all but impossible. He failed every subject in the eighth grade. He flunked physics in high school, getting a grade of zero. Sparky also flunked Latin, algebra, and English. He didn't do much better in sports. Although he did manage to make the school's golf team, he promptly lost the only important match of the season. There was a consolation match; he lost that, too. Throughout his youth, Sparky was awkward socially. He was not actually disliked by the other students; no one cared that much. He was astonished if a classmate ever said hello to him outside of school hours. There's no way to tell how he might have done at dating. Sparky never once asked a girl to go out in high school. He was too afraid of being turned down. Sparky was a loser. He, his classmates...everyone knew it. So he rolled with it. Sparky had made up his mind early in life that if things were meant to work out, they would. Otherwise he would content himself with what appeared to be his inevitable mediocrity. However, one thing was important to Sparky--drawing. He was proud of his artwork. Of course, no one else appre ...

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