Question for you: What color is New York Ave. on a standard Monopoly board?
You probably already saw this picture so you know that the color is orange.
Another, slightly more difficult, question: Where is it located on the board? And don’t peek at the picture!
On our road trip, we took one day to hit Manhattan (that’s the connection to New York Ave.) and see the sites. My wife booked a bus/walk tour which turned out to be awesome. Now we can now check off some of the highlights of the Big Apple.
This picture shows the 5 Burroughs of New York City. Manhattan is an island! The Hudson and East Rivers flow on either side of it.
But the fascinating part is what I learned on the tour. Because there is bedrock underneath the island, tall buildings can be built.
The island has a foundation that can stand strong beneath the weight of all those skyscrapers!
The deeper the bedrock, the taller the building!
If you have read any of my blogs, you probably know that there is a spiritual/biblical connection about to be made. This particular connection is found in Matthew 7.
24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
My friends, we are like Manhattan. How tall our buildings can go depends on how deep our bedrock goes. The buildings in our life are the things that we do. This includes jobs we work, people we relate to, and even the words we speak.
These are all public things. Just like the buildings of Manhattan, people can see the works of our lives.
Do we live to show off our good deeds?
Even as I write this, I feel convicted.
My private life with God determines the course of my public life.
The deeper that I get with God, the more people will see that fruit in my life.
The more intimacy with God, the more influence with people.
God needs to do something on the inside before we can do something on the outside.
Without Him, we are unable to do anything.
Now, how do I transition to a suitable conclusion?
I’d say this: visit Manhattan, play Monopoly, and seek God earnestly.