Our family has a tradition of playing board games on Sunday nights.
What is your favorite board game? When I was a kid, I loved setting up the game Mouse Trap, not playing it, but enjoying the interconnected system of the trap.
My favorite game as a kid was The Game of Life. I’m not sure why my 8-year-old self loved the idea of buying a mortgage, paying college tuition, or making career choices.
The makers at Hasbro might have perfectly encapsulated the metaphor of living in the 21st Century. At the beginning of the game, there are two distinct adult paths, the college path, and the career path. Along the way, you might land on “buy stock” or “have children” or “borrow from the bank” or “millionaire acres.”
Fun fact, the game's original version included the spaces ruin, poverty, gambling, prison, disgrace, and suicide; it Sounds like a fun game.
Do you ever feel like you are playing the game of life? Do you ever feel like your life is like pieces on a board in which the roll of the dice decides your fate?
Maybe you do not feel like the roll of the dice determines your fate but that your purpose every single day is to punch in at work, climb the advancement ladder, earn the paycheck so that you can have that dream home and car, taking that family on that dream vacation.
Maybe you feel like your life is like a pre-set game board over which you have no control over how it will all play out.
But is that what life is? Is this how things are supposed to be? Have you ever considered what the reason is behind all of this stuff?
This Sunday, we are starting a new series, “LIFE: A Conversation on the Meaning of Existence from the Book of Ecclesiastes.”
Join the conversation in worship and catch up with it on the weekly podcast.