Game of Life
It’s Gotta Hurt, pt2
Last time I talked about that idea that if you’re not getting hurt, you’re not playing the game. The idea being that, as a man of faith, I am going to get knocked about in the game of life and it’s going to hurt sometimes. As a sportsman I know that this is part of the game and it needs to be a part of the game that I learn to love.
But there is another factor here that causes problems. Simply put it’s this.
Never let the opposition know it hurts. In sport this means if you get decked you bounce straight back up and carry on as if nothing happened so that the opposition can gain no confidence and your team mates know you’re still fully committed.
But as a coach I know that this is a dangerous part of the game. So I make sure that I check on the player’s well-being as soon as possible because if they are hurting I need to help them get back to peak fitness.
And it’s the same in my spiritual life. When Satan blindsides me, it will hurt and knock me about. But I try not to show it, so my fellow Christians see me soldiering on.
But I now realise how foolish this is because I can’t keep playing with these injuries. It’s self-destructive. So I have developed the habit of taking these life knocks to God immediately, and to a friend or friends I trust, and letting them know I’ve taken a hit. They help me stay on my feet.
I need to share my hurts so that I can continue to play the game. Nothing damages your playing more than hiding your hurts. Both in sport and in your game of life. So be strong and be open. You can play hurt, but you can’t play broken. If you keep playing hurt, you can end up broken.
08/10/2017 / Kit Densley