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During Super Bowl XXXVII, FedEx ran a commercial that spoofed the movie Castaway, in which Tom Hanks played a FedEx worker, whose company plane went down, stranding him on a desert island for years.


Looking like Tom Hanks in the movie, the FedEx employee in the commercial goes up to the door of a suburban home, package in hand. When the owner comes to the door, he explains that he survived 5 years on a deserted island, and during that whole time, he kept this package in order to deliver it to her.


She gives a simple, “Thank you.” However, he is curious about what is in the package that he has been protecting for years. He says, “If I may ask, what was in that package after all?”


She opens it and shows him the contents, saying, “Oh, nothing really. It is just a satellite telephone, a global positioning device, a compass, a water purifier, and some seeds.”


Like the contents in this package, as a believer we have a package as well. Our prayers are the only telephone we need to talk with God – get on the prayer line. The will of God is our global positioning device – position yourself where God directs. The Bible is our compass – read the Word of God and trust Him to make a way out of no way. The Holy Spirit is our water purifier – the Living Water He provides will purify our hearts and minds. Our Time, Talent and Treasure are the seeds we carry – plant the seed as God directs.


Our “package” provides the resources for our survival and growth. We must open our package and take advantage of all of the contents. When we need direction, we only need to turn to God in prayer, yield to His will, ask His direction, purify our hearts and he will lead and guide us on the proper path. Along the way, He will prompt us to plant our seeds.

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