Wishing Well

A wishing well for a wedding is where you give money as the present

James 4:1-17

Reference: v.17 So then, if you know the good you ought to do and don’t do it, you sin. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: We recently got an invitation in the mail inviting us to a wedding.  It was a gorgeous invitation and instead of a gift registry the couple were asking people to contribute to a wishing well.  This is where you just give money as a present and the bride and groom are able to put it towards something significant.  As a way of explaining this concept they added a little poem in with the invitation.  It started with the lines:

Because at first we have lived in sin,
We’ve got the sheets and a rubbish bin.
To save you looking, shopping or buying,
Here is an idea we hope you like trying

The first line really caught me by surprise.  While I know that it is a common saying for people who live together before getting married that they are ‘living in sin’ but I didn’t think it would be something someone would say about themselves.  I’m not going to go into the discussion about whether it is right or wrong to live together, but I was taken aback that someone would readily admit that they are ‘living in sin’.

Application: Really, we are all living in sin.  We all do things that are selfish, hurtful and dishonours God.  However, if we know that it is wrong we need to work towards changing our behaviour.  In one sense we are all like this couple, we are aware of what we are doing.  And it is up to us as to whether we choose to change our behaviour or not.

Prayer: Lord, Help us to see the areas in our life where you are prompting us to change.  Amen.

What do you need to correct in your life?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.