“Life in the Squares”
 
Here at Riverwood Covenant, Pastor Keith Robinson uses his “Life in the Squares” visual aid often during his messages. “Life in the Squares” is a quadrant indicating four distinct conditions we may find ourselves in as we walk this life. Below is the image of the squares and an explanation of the concept.  
Life in the Squares Large Image
This is an image used frequently in messages at Riverwood. It is a quadrant indicating four distinct conditions we may find ourselves in as we walk this life.
 
The top line says “Life Circumstances,” under which are two columns (halves of the square). The left column represents life circumstances that we might consider “easy”; the right column represents “hard” (difficult) circumstances.
 
The far left line says “Distance from God,” and the top row indicates “near,” and the bottom row “far.”
 
The “Line of Surrender” is the line where you have risen up to be close to God or dropped down away from God. The goal is to stay above the line.  
 
Combining these ideas brings us to this quadrant of four squares:
 
Square 1:  Pleasant joy
“Pleasant” because life circumstances are “easy” and “joy” because of a “near” relationship to the Lord.
 
Square 2: Painful joy 
“Painful” because life circumstances are “hard,” and “joy” because of a “near” relationship to the Lord.
 
Square 3: Disconnected Ease 
“Ease” because life circumstances are “easy,” and “disconnected” because of a “far” relationship with the Lord.
 
Square 4: Disconnected Misery 
“Misery” because life circumstances are “hard,” and “disconnected” because of a “far” relationship with the Lord. 
 
Concepts:
 
        1.   We frequently ask “what square are you in?” This means an evaluation of the ease or difficulty of life circumstance (left or               right column), and relationship with the Lord (near or far away).
 
         2.  We also understand that we don’t necessarily “stay” in any particular square.
 
         3.  We understand that the major movement in life is to move from bottom to top (“far” to “near” to God), regardless of what                 life circumstance we may find ourselves in (“easy” or “hard”).