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The Game of Life

At Church on Sunday I was reminded of the game “life”, the little blue and pink people that we would put on plastic cars and go through various “life” situations. Thinks like; you got married, you got a promotion, you bought a house, all made the game what it was which, in my opinion was much too long but that’s not the point. The point is I was watching the video that Buckhead church played this week where the little car drove through the designated spots and got various life accomplishments and I had to ask myself does my life look like this? Am I living one big board game where I travel through and get what the world tells me are important life steps or am I living a life for God that is so out of the ordinary that my life looks nothing like a board game. Will the most exciting thing that happens to me this year be that we buy a house or will it be that God moved in a tremendous way?

Here’s the thing, God wants us to have an extraordinary life, something that others look and say how could that happen?? And the only answer we can give them is, God. How did you provide when your income was less than what your bills were, God. How did you know that person needed prayer, God. How did you handle that devastating divorce, God. The list goes on and on but the truth remains the same. We can live our game board lives and miss out on all the curves and twists that make life worth living or we can live for a God that promises to do more that we can even imagine.

I say all of this because as I watched the game pieces on the screen I realized I was living a life that mirrored that of the game. Sure there was some twists along the way but I was too focused on what the world deemed as accomplishments. I was too focused on the promotions, the house, and when we would have the 2.5 kids to play in our picket fence yard. What I wasn’t focused on was where God wanted me to be, go, and do. What I wasn’t focused on was the life God had planned for me which is so much better that what I could ever think up.

Ephesians 3:19-21

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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