Games We Play – August 8, 2016

Today’s Scripture… “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved
you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” – John 13:34,35

Several years ago when we served in the Arkansas District PCG as their State Youth Director, we spent a lot of time traveling across the roads of this wonderful state. Now we were blessed to own a van that had TV’s and a DVD player and the back set made down into a bed, which made traveling a whole lot easier.

But when you are driving around 5,000 miles a month on the road with a little active four-year-old girl always wanting to “go, go, go”, it becomes necessary to be able to find ways to harness and refocus her energy. It’s important to keep a young child busy without letting them bounce around all over the place
like Tigger from Winnie The Pooh!

So, we started revisiting some of the games we used to play when WE were kids. Games like “I Spy”.

In case you forgot how to play this simple game, or (gulp) you’ve never even heard of it, let me refresh your memory.

In the game “I Spy”, one person mentally finds an object within view and completes the sentence, “I Spy something that is _______” by sharing the COLOR of the object. For example:  You might spot a blue t-shirt and would announce, “I Spy something that is blue.” Then, the other players take turns guessing what item you selected.  The winner gets to take your place in choosing the next item and so on.

So, back to the story.  One day while driving down one of the many boring roads in Arkansas, we decided to play “I Spy”.  When it was Breanne’s turn, she said something like this:

“I Spy something that is red.”

The rest of us would then begin to ask her all kinds of questions. Is it outside or inside? Is it big or small? The funny thing about playing with Breanne, was the fact that whatever she picked, she always looked in that direction. When we would ask if it was a certain item and she would say yes, it was as if we had cracked some code with our brilliant deduction skills.

It wasn’t that we were that good, it’s just that Breanne would share and share and share until it was obvious what it was. We didn’t have to guess hard to figure it out.”

As I thought about those games we use to play, something hit me.  Isn’t that what God expects from you and me?

Oh, not to play some childhood games, but rather to share and share and share of our time, talents and resources until it’s obvious to all around that we care.

Doesn’t God want us to share so much that it doesn’t take much guessing to figure out where our hearts are?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful for those around us to be able to say of you and me,  “I Spy … someone who cares”?

May we use our words and our deeds to share the love of our Savior.  Let us pledge here and now to share and share and share some more in the Name of Jesus Christ.

What a great way to spend some time.


Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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