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Dear child, it’s easy to get caught up in small com­pe­ti­tions, but as you al­ready rightly sense, they can lead your heart astray. Imag­ine two chil­dren who play a game of make­be­lieve in a makeshift play­house. They con­fine their play to in­side this te­pee, but what hap­pens in their hearts leads them to dif­fer­ing places in their

Fa­ther’s king­dom.

Imag­ine if one cul­ti­vates pure, giv­ing love: It’s as though she is in the te­pee, but at the same time in a glo­ri­ously beau­ti­ful gar­den. Imag­ine if the other cul­ti­vates hate in her heart: It’s as though she is in the te­pee and at the same time in a hideous, moldy cave.

From a worldly point of view, you can say their play re­ally doesn’t mat­ter—it’s con­fined to the area of the te­pee. But from your Fa­ther’s van­tage point, their play—as it af­fects the na­ture of the hearts—is crit­i­cally im­por­tant as it de­ter­mines where their hearts re­side in His king­dom.

To keep your lim­ited per­spec­tive from be­ing your only per­spec­tive, turn to Me. When you marry with Me in spirit, you al­low your sense of what is to ex­pand into a lov­ing spa­cious­ness. You can­not see your Fa­ther’s king­dom, but you can cer­tainly feel its vast­ness. Send Me your love and af­fec­tion right now and feel the Holy Spirit lift and open your spirit to the lovely truth of your life. —Je­sus to the Pharisees,

Luke 17: 20–21

“The king­dom of God is not com­ing in ways that can be ob­served…for be­hold, the king­dom of God is in the midst of you.”

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