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This week’s word is: Games
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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.
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.
“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.