How we played

November 17, 2017

 

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you committed to doing God’s will? Or, are you committed to doing what God will’s you to do? The difference is vast. 

   

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. 

 

I’m Mark Brunner.

 

As boys we played a lot of war games. Growing up in the shadow of a recent world war, we watched numerous TV shows like Combat and The Gallant Men that glorified the events of World War II, still fresh in the minds of many, like my Dad, who fought it. We chose sides, built forts out of sticks and salvage, and then occupied them. We’d take turns as to who would be the aggressors and who the defenders. Our weapons were mostly imaginary projectile explosives that came as close to the real thing as a boy could conjure up with dirt clods and mud balls. The fort would get attacked, projectiles fly and invariably it would fall, with prisoners taken. The boy battle code would call for the victors to totally dismantle the fort, destroying as much as possible and leading the captives away. It was brutality in a juvenile sort of way and obligatory. There were victors and vanquished. It was a game called war. It had rules and we followed them in earnest. In a sense we were obeying the rules of winners and losers and earnestness was founded in that obedience despite the fun we were having. It was truly a boy’s world.

 

As boys we had a passion for play. Some was impulsive like a spontaneous snowball fight or a bike race down the street, but many were primarily founded in a passion for the game, games that had rules and boundaries that promulgated the excitement as well as the fun. Impulsive play was never transforming in that regard, it was repetitive and rather selfish. Games, on the other hand, were far less selfish and much more transforming in this sense; the game focused on being played and not the boys playing it. That’s how we played it since that was how it was played. 

 

Here’s a story: A missionary society wrote to David Livingstone and asked, “Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you.” Livingstone wrote back, “If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” (Good News Broadcaster, April, 1985,  p. 12.)

 

Livingston gave the society guidelines for how missionary work was best done. The rules of the game dictated that those who put themselves impulsively before the rules of the game were not fit to be players IN the game. The code of how souls would be saved dominated the battle. It plays us, not we it. Like those war games we played as boys our passion is for the game and not the results. Results are all about us, the game is all about the one who wrote the rules–Jesus Christ. It’s how the game is best played.

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for creating the opportunities for us to tell others about Jesus Christ. May we commit our minds and bodies to the battle, always mindful that the rules of the game are all about others and not us. Forgive us Lord when we become impulsive in how we serve you by making the work more important than the goal. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! 

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. Thank you for tuning into This Passing Day. Join us at thispassingday.com. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to “This Passing Day!”  <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com>  God bless you for Jesus sake.

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