Games – Blog Carnival

Welcome to this week’s installment of the One Word at a Time blog carnival.

This week’s word is: Games

You are welcome to join in either by writing or reading or both. If you write a post on the topic of games, please add your link to the little widget below so we can all find it!

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Thanks. Enjoy!

The Game of Life

Life is one big game.

At least, that’s what many people would have you believe..

“Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”

Is the all-too-common disgusting retort from some people when they have callously hurt, used and abused others.

As much as it pains me to admit it though, the fact is, life IS a game.

Maybe not a game in the traditional sense but it’s a game which has rules that we have to play by and if you ‘play your cards right’ you can move ahead in the game.

Then there are those people who refuse to play by the rules… but in reality, they are just playing by a different set of rules.

My time spent with addicts and the homeless have made it quite clear to me that they don’t play by the same rules as I do, but they have a set of rules that they have to quickly learn which will let them live the lives they choose.

The rich, at least, the SUPER rich live my a different set of rules altogether. The world simply doesn’t work the same way for them. the game they play is very different from the game we play.

Royal Rules

The royal wedding this past weekend has thrown into the public consciousness once again that there are families around the world for which a yet another different set of rules applies.

The roads in an entire section of London were closed for the event and people thronged to see it. The royal family had security guards and footmen and servants and the armed forces turned out en-masse to salute them. The highest church officials in the Land came to do the service and they had their pick of designers for the wedding dresses who I’m sure dropped everything to dedicate their time to the event.

It’s a completely different world.

One planet, so many different sets of rules you can live by.

There are many people who are applauded (or derided) for ‘playing by their own rules’ and most of us at one time or another wish we could just ignore the rules and play our own game for a while.

As I thought of the word ‘Games’, this game that we call life was the first thing that came to mind. Yet something struck me, sticking out like a cow in a flock of sheep…

There is one, very important aspect of life which is not a game. Not even close.

Our eternal future.

Not a Game. Not at all!

This is one place where no-one can escape the ‘rules’, no-one can carve out their own path because the rules are set by someone outside of this world, outside of our control.

Jesus said:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6)

There is no other way, there are no different paths to choose.

You can’t get around it. You can’t ‘bend’ the rules, you can’t play by a different set of rules.

Jesus is the truth and the truth is absolute.

It is easy for us to focus on the earthly things and wish that we could play by a different set of rules, but we should put those things out of our mind because the more pressing aim is this:

Teach people that whatever set of rules they live by in this life, there is only one set of rules for what happens after this life ends – and there’s no other way!

We must convince people to turn to the rule maker, the author and perfecter of our faith… before it’s too late.

 

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

10 thoughts on “Games – Blog Carnival”

  1. It’s a harsh world in which there are so many different sets of rules.

    My ace in the hole, that I’m willing to play in any game, is love. That card’s got some severe tatters, but I’m still holding it.

    1. PeterP says:

      Wow. You have the trump card!

      The bible even says it… “The greatest of these is Love!”

  2. jasonS says:

    Amen. It can all look so unfair depending on which rules apply to you, but knowing the absolute truth changes us completely. Good post, Peter. Thanks.

    1. PeterP says:

      So unfair!!!

      Thanks for reading and your kind comment, Jason!

  3. I like your art work and application of the Game of Life and all the different rules people set up. Only God’s rules will be allowed when the game is over. Many do not understand that doing it “MY WAY” will not get them to heaven.

  4. katdish says:

    Love God. Love people. If we follow those rules, we’re on the right track I think. Easier said than done sometimes.

  5. HisFireFly says:

    Amen to the comments here. His rules are the best rules indeed!

  6. Glynn says:

    You’re right, Peter, our eternal life is no game — and no gamble. Thanks for hosting the carnival – there are great posts here!

  7. Unfortunately, a lot of people play with their eternal life. They think they can win points by doing good deeds, and that those points will somehow guarantee their entry into heaven.
    But you said it very well: there is only one rule maker, and only one way to Him: Jesus.
    Great post about this theme, Peter.

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