I love playing games. As early as I can remember, I have had a competitive nature. It’s win or lose. Black or white. There are no in-betweens. Games that I can win, I keep playing. Games that I constantly lose, I quit playing. You won’t ever catch me playing Checkers or Chess. It’s not a strength for me, but put a Cribbage board or Sequence or Racko in front of me and it’s “Game On!”
Sometimes we are forced to play games we don’t want to play. While these games may come with little people that have to be maneuvered around a board, most of the games we are forced to play are called the Games of Life. Real life, that involve our physical selves. These game can happen in families, with our friends or even in our workplaces.
So what do we do when we’re forced to play games we don’t want to play?
Remember your purpose. God has created you to make disciples (Matthew 28). In all things we do, we are called to live on mission for Jesus Christ. Missionaries do not live comfortable lifestyles. It is stretching and wearing and often they want to throw in the towel. You may be tempted to quit, but it’s imperative you endure (Romans 5:3-4). God has you here for a time such as this.
Don’t get caught up in a pity party. When we allow this, we get distracted from our mission and bigger problems can be created. Keep your eyes focused on the mission before you, reminding yourself you’re working for the Lord.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58
Be a person of integrity. It can be tempting to cheat to win, but all darkness will be brought to light (Luke 8:17). At all times and in all situations, carry yourself in a manner so when you face your Creator, you’ll know you’ve done the next right thing.
No matter what the outcome of the game is, remember who you are in Christ. Sometimes, even though you’ve done your best, you lose. That doesn’t make you a loser. It just means God’s ready to move you onto other things. Never let the Games of Life steal your identity in Him. God knit you together in your mama’s womb (Psalm 139:13) knowing you would be forced to play this Game of Life, and knowing you would perceive this as a loss. Losses are springboards for opportunities. Look around for those opportunities. They’re awaiting you.
Praise God. In all things, regardless of your perception, Praise Him.
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:8-10