When my son, Samuel, and his family come to visit, we always play games. Samuel loves board games. He always brings us a new one or we dredge one of the relics from his childhood from our attic to play together before their time with us is over. The last time he was home we played Balderdash. I was reminded of this family time when I read my Love Devotional yesterday morning. This Love Devotional was sent to me by Craig over at http://www.deepintolove.com just for the asking. This is what Craig said that got me thinking about gaming:
If Jesus were playing checkers with Peter, I think He would try to win. But he wouldn’t have to in order to prove anything.
Craig was talking about love not being self-seeking. He said, “Today I will try to win, but I will not let it be the most important thing. The most important thing is that I serve a Savior who, in serving others, already won the ultimate victory for me.”
I remember teaching a college class once using the book Ministering Cross-Culturally by Mayers and Lingenfelter. One of the chapters in the book talked about cultures who thought confrontation and winning were most important as opposed to those who thought saving face and negotiation were most important attributes. The former thought the latter were lazy and the latter thought the former were rude. There was a story in the book about a wonderfully talented Olympian runner from Africa that an American coach had a difficult time getting to run to his capacity because he would keep looking over his shoulder so as not to have too much distance between himself and his closest contender to allow him to save face. This was incomprehensible to his Western coach.
When we got the Balderdash game out my son said, “Dad always wins, but that’s ok. I love the challenge.” I loved my son’s spirit. He got it from his Dad. Even though Dad wins most of the time, he doesn’t have to. He held Mickey on his lap to give him a handicap. He still won in a last-minute dead heat. But he didn’t have to.
Have a blessed day,