for love of the game
July 9, 2018

Getting In The Game

By: Taylor Bennett [Roseburg, OR]

I come from a family of cribbage fanatics.

While I am certainly not the best player in my family, I can’t deny my love of the game. I also can’t deny my competitive streak—that little whisper encouraging me to play my best, to put my heart into it, and to pout when I don’t win.

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

Wait . . . what? Cribbage is only a game. Why do I get so caught up in who wins? I’ll admit it: I have to work hard to keep my competitive nature in check. When I play cribbage, I try to put aside my urge to get involved in the technicalities and to focus instead on having fun. This practice reminds me that we as Christians are called to cast aside all the things that keep us from giving Christ our best and putting our heart into living for him.

CONSIDER THIS: The next time you are giving your all to a game or competition, ask yourself if you are serving God with the same kind of energy. If not, what do you need to set aside to focus more fully on God?

Put It Into Practice

What practices could help you stay focused on God this week? In what ways can you practice loving others as you have been loved?

for love of the game


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