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Going Straight to the Top

When I lived in Atlanta, one the favorite places to take my family to eat was the original Chick-fil-A. Founded in 1946 by Truett Cathy, the original Chick-Fil-A is known as the "Dwarf House" because it has a 3-foot red door at the very front of the restaurant which is only accessible to small children. Adults must walk around to the side to enter. As you might guess, children love to eat here. Why? Because they believe they have equal access and feel valued-plus the food is good! God's kingdom is kind of like that. It is accessible to anyone, but especially to those who are humble.

When I was younger, I didn't follow politics that much, but I do remember following closely the presidential election of 1992. That's because during that election, there were three candidates: Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot.

I remember watching television one night when Ross Perot told a story about delivering newspapers as an eight-year-old for the Texarkana Gazette. At one point, the circulation manager tried to pay Perot less than what they had agreed. So, the young Perot went straight to the owner’s office and told him what happened. The owner paid Perot what he was owed. Reflecting years later, Perot remarked, "I learned that when I had a problem, to go straight to the top."

Our relationship with Jesus is tantamount to going "straight to the top." That’s because Jesus has access to the Father. So, when we commune with Jesus, we commune with the Father. And because Jesus grants us access to the Father, we can come to Him with any of our problems, and He will give us rest.

Jesus says, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Whatever your struggles, whatever your burdens, Jesus offers you rest and relief. He invites you to come to Him and to lay your burdens on His throne of grace and He will give you rest.
The Rev. Alex D. Graham III
Associate for Children and Family Ministries
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