Friday, November 7, 2014
Life is a Game of Tetris
Have you figured out the game of life yet? It's similar to one of my personal favorites, Tetris, where you rush to place each piece as it descends from above before time expires. That's how God works. He plops game fragments into your life from the sky and you scramble to fit them in on your game board before you die. The mavericks know you place the biggest pieces first and then fit the smaller ones the same way you load your camping equipment from big to small so it fits in your vehicle. The game does get annoying when the adversary gets in your head. He says, "fool, you can't do this. There are too many game pieces. Look how fast they're falling. Give up. Let someone else play. You're not qualified."
God sent Jesus to help us out. He makes the game so simple. Jesus looks at the game board and says, "Wow; there's a lot of pieces falling from the sky but there aren't many players." I know why. Most of us give up when we lose. We hate failure. We don't want to die. Jesus says, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26)
Your perspective changes when you realize death is not the end of the game. It's a necessary step to advance to the next level. The temptation is to curse some of the pieces when they show up unexpectedly, like job losses, broken relationships, sickness or injury. I admit I don't know why some players get cancer. But I do know God has a plan. I trust God gives us everything we need to advance. We learn our best lessons from the most challenging game pieces. We recognize patterns and get better as time passes, no matter how many mulligans we need. Starting over is okay. Every day is a new day. Keep playing. Life is a game of Tetris.