Play your game…

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”

Mike Singletary

What does “the game” mean to you? What is it that excites you about whatever you define your game to be? Do you have something that you do, that you enjoy to the point where you are incredibly grateful to simply have the opportunity to do it?

This doesn’t have to be your vocational output. It could be a hobby, time with family, serving others, etc. When you have a clear vision of whatever it is that brings you this degree of joy and thankfulness by simply having the opportunity to play, then everything else in life will fall in place.

Without knowing what this means for you, and having it clearly defined, then life can feel frantic and purposeless. Without being intentional in our understanding of “the game,” we can rush headlong into whatever the next thing is that attracts our attention and lose sight of why we are here and what stirs our souls in an almost indescribable way.

What we are really talking about here is the understanding of our purpose. What it is that we are called to do. One way to know and understand this is to think through the thing(s) that engender incredible feelings of gratitude simply because you have the opportunity to do them.”

As I pause and reflect on this a bit more it brings to mind this verse from Romans. ‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ‘ Romans 8:28

For me it is the opportunity to make a difference. The chance to help and serve others. The opportunity to enable and empower others to find success in their lives. I absolutely love having the opportunity to do this, whether at work or in my personal life. I am incredibly grateful that I have that chance every single day.

Define your game. Play your game. Be grateful for the opportunity to play…

Find joy in the game…

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”

Mike Singletary

Surely we all play to win, but do we play for the win or for the sheer joy of the game itself? I think this applies to all aspects of life. How much of our lives are spent trying to get to the end result without truly appreciating the game we are playing at the moment? Instead life can be focused on skipping over the work, the fun, the real moments, just to achieve some goal that might not matter 10 years from now.

Today take a deep breath, pause, and ask yourself “Am I embracing the opportunities I have today to find the joy in whatever game I am in?”

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