Game of Life
It’s Gotta Hurt
I have an uncle who played rugby. Apparently, if he came home from the game without a bruise, a cut or a break, he was disappointed. He felt that if he hadn’t got hurt, he hadn’t put himself into the game enough. And I confess, I know exactly how he feels.
If I’m not hurting, I haven’t been playing. You’ll often hear it expressed as “A bruise lasts a week; a loss is forever.” And the hardest lesson I am still learning is that this is exactly the same in my spiritual life.
If I’m not getting beaten up by the opposition, it’s probably because I’m not a threat. As a man of God that means that Satan will be manoeuvring all manner of things to deflect, distract and discourage me. If that’s not happening, I need to look at my life.
This doesn’t mean that life is a relentless struggle against dark forces. Quite the opposite. It’s like when I play sport. I WANT it to hurt. I LOVE the contact, the pressure, the challenge. I even PAY to play this game! But in my spiritual life, for some reason, I see all these things as bad. I fear them. I let them get me down.
Now I am trying to apply my sporting attitude to my spiritual life. So, right now, as I sit amongst what feels like a turmoil of troubles, I know it’s not how it seems. After this period of struggle, confusion and doubt, what in a game might be seen as defending, soon it will be my turn to score some goals. It always turns around.
God is preparing me for victory. And that’s why the game is worth playing. But for now, as I play in a dark patch, I need to remember, if you’re not getting hit, you’re not playing the game. And if you play the game of life with Christ, you know you are guaranteed to win. And not just eternally, but everyday too, you can win amongst the hurt.
01/10/2017 / Kit Densley