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I Bought LIFE

Yep, I did it. I bought it–the game called LIFE. You, who know me, know I’m not a game player, especially a full-size game bored type that takes an hour to play. And, Mr. Editor, I did spell “board” as “bored” on purpose. Live with it, okay! That’s LIFE!

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Why did I do it? Why did I fall or fail into this depth of despair? Crazy, I know, but I woke from a dream very early one morning thinking about it. Wildly, I sometimes plan my sermons and lessons in my sleep, looking for ways to keep people from falling to sleep when I teach and preach.  Sometimes, it even works!

Unfortunately, LIFE isn’t merely a dream. You eventually wake up. It’s not a game. You don’t get to play it again and again. It’s not a drama. There ain’t any dress rehearsal. It’s the real deal! You get it live it once. But, like the board game, at the end all the pieces go back in a box.

I love the description: “a classic family game that can be a reality check–or just a fun time.” Living life is certainly a wakeup call—at times from what occasionally seems more like a nightmare than a dream.

“Different spaces offer life challenges like babies, houses, night school.” Yep, life challenges compete and contest God’s very purpose and plan causing you to comply and change. You are propelled to take a drive along twisting roads because life is full of twists and turns. You only get to see as far as the next bend in the road.

Note some of the comments left on Amazon:

“It takes forever to put together and it’s kind of boring.” The real deal feels like that at times. Seems to take forever to get it together, But, beware, once together, life is over before you know it. Whew, here today, speedily gone tomorrow. And boring? Sometimes, but that’s up to you. It can be adventure after adventure, pursuing God’s will, fulfilling His plan, and living out His passion.

Another commentator said, “It does not have enough money and does not fit in the box well.” I’ve experienced that too. Haven’t you? Seldom enough money. Well, usually enough. God provides. But, often there’s not a lot of excess to spare, but just enough to depend on Him.  And it’s irritating fitting life into the neat little box. That’s for sure!

I grinned at this complaint, “missing some pieces.” The real thing feels like that too. But, in actuality, you’ve been given all the pieces necessary to travel through life. It’s all there. And, with Him, you are totally complete! 

We’ll come back to this thought again and likely again. I’m not finished with LIFE; gladly still on the journey! See you on the road of LIFE!

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