I’ve just finished playing a very noisy game of cards with our family, and as I watched everyone around the table I thought how playing a game of any sort is similar to how we do life.
In life we get to choose how we will “play the game” and whether we will be all in, boots and all giving everything we have, or remain sitting on the sidelines watching others play the “game”, or be even further away from the action watching or listening from another room.
Sometimes there are legitimate reasons why we are sitting back from the action or watching from the sidelines. Perhaps the game been played in front of us is not ours to play and we need to choose another playing field or game plan. Or maybe we’ve been hurt or disappointed and it’s easier to opt out rather than be hurt again and we need to give ourselves time to heal and refocus so we can get back out there again.
However I think we are all created to participate in our own particular “game” and it’s when we get involved, engage with what is happening and venture out that life takes on meaning and we are energised to keep going. As with any “game” we also need and benefit from having breaks in play where we can regroup, refocus and refuel for the next play. And we do need to check in with our coach (Jesus and His word) to make sure we understand his strategies and are sticking to the “game plan” and His guidelines, so we don’t get off track and get lost along the way.
Today I encourage you to check in with the ultimate coach who coaches us to win. Pray and ask Jesus to direct you to the right playing field for you so that you can thrive with the right people, culture and game plan. He promises that He will direct our steps, heal our hurts, lift off our disappointments and guide us in the way we should go, so we can trust Him to lead the way. Then go for it, get in the game, don’t hold back, have fun in the process and play to win.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize?” (1 Cor 9:24)
Prayer: Lord please show me the way to go and the right game and playing field to be on. Thank you that you help me to win in life. I’m trusting for you to direct my steps today. In Jesus name Amen.