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Missions: Greater

I have heard it said if someone excels at both math and science then English and reading may not come to them as easily. I’m not really sure how true this statement is for everyone, but for me it is very true. All the way through elementary school, math and science came easy to me, but I struggled with English and Reading.  I never failed English or reading, but I did have to work a little harder at them than at math and science.
Math, in particular, was my favorite subject except when I got to Geometry. I hated Geometry and Geometry hated me. But other than that, I loved math. Fourth grade was the best grade ever when it came to math. My teacher, Mr. Vandermer, was a big professional wrestling fan, so every week all the students would go head-to-head in a tournament style multiplication and division competition. He would yell out an equation, and the first person who answered correctly would move on to the next round until it came down to just two students. Whichever of those two students won a best two out of three rounds would be declared the champion for that week. That student would get a championship belt to hold onto until the following week. At the end of the school year, we had a winner take all competition where the winner got to keep the championship belt forever. And wouldn’t you know, yours truly stood tall and was victorious. You are looking at the Fourth Grade Math Champion, a title I still hold and admire to this day.
Now, we didn’t just compete in math competitions. We also learned some things too. I remember learning vividly the greater than, less than, and equal to signs. The easiest way I remembered them was the less than sign looked like an “L”, and the greater than sign looked like a backwards “L.” Now that my twins are in fourth grade learning those signs, I get to pass on that wisdom to them. 
Speaking of the greater than sign, there is a symbol which has come out in the past couple of years which states, “God is greater than the highs and lows.” This phrase communicates the greatness of God. It makes it easy to remember God is great regardless of what we are going through in our lives. Whether we are experiencing good times or bad times, God is greater.
It can be easy to forget God when you are experiencing happiness or success. We get so absorbed with the great things surrounding us, God gets put on the backburner of our lives. The same thing can be said about the lows. When our life seems out of control and we experience the low moments or the lowest of lows, we can lose faith and believe God is not there or believe He cannot help us.
Paul says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God doesn’t just work through the good things or the bad things, but in ALL THINGS. Just remember God is far greater than anything and everything we experience. He wants to work through ALL THINGS for us. All we have to do is let him in, love Him, and live out our purpose for Him and through Him. No situation in your life is greater than Him. Trust Him with all aspects of your life and know He will work ALL THINGS for your good.