Chuck E. Jesus

 

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

“Where’s Chuck E. Jesus?” asks one of the girls at my son’s three year-old party.  Her interpretation of a kid’s theme restaurant is a place where she might see Jesus. The motto for this celebratory place is, “Where a kid can be a kid.” Sure enough, it’s crammed with kids elbow to elbow. The lights, games, cotton candy, rides, pizza, sounds, tokens, tickets and prizes are a bit overwhelming to the average adult. It’s no wonder a newbie child at Chuck E. might associate Jesus.

Our everyday busyness is portrayed much like the land of Chuck E. Cheese. It’s jam packed with events, food, children’s activities, working motions to produce the sound of coins falling into a piggy bank, and the lights don’t turn out until we’re fully overwhelmed with a day’s worth of activities. Where does Jesus fit into the portrayal of Chuck E. Cheese? Jesus modeled it for us. He got up very early in the morning, while it was still dark and went off to a solitary place where he prayed.

You may go to Chuck E. Cheese one day. You’ll be thankful you modeled after Jesus and prayed yourself up for such an event. Jesus knows our busyness and what lies ahead. Have you encountered the land of Chuck E. and asked, “Where’s Chuck E. Jesus? He wants to be included in the first part of our day—early. Have you put Jesus first in your day?

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