I have happy memories of playing card games and board games. This enjoyment of games was passed on first to my children and now to my grandchildren.
Recently I pulled out a board game that had been neglected for many years. Nine year-old Emily and ten year-old Logan were excited to play a game their mom had played as a girl.
It had been so long since I’d played Big Deal that I had to learn the rules all over again. Fortunately they were printed inside the lid of the box so we had guidelines to follow. There were more rules than I remembered and it was easy to get confused and forget some of them.
We decided to start anyway and learn as we went. Many mistakes were made and I was grateful for understanding grandchildren. They asked lots of questions and waited for me to look up the answers. The rules were always beside me and they let us know how to play and how to win.
Life also comes with a rule book. It’s called the Bible. Jesus came to show the joy and peace found through following God’s laws. He demonstrated how to play by the rules in order to win the prize of everlasting life.
I still sometimes struggle with or forget some of the rules. Jesus is always beside me to instruct me as I go along. He is the one who makes it possible to play by the rules and win at the game of life.
If any of you needs wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you. God is generous to everyone and doesn’t find fault with them. (James 1:5 GWT)