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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: Rules of the Game
By Gerald Shuler
09/17/08


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Congratulations! As a newborn baby you have just become a part of the most brutal game ever imagined... The Game of Life. During play you will face dangers, challenges and heartaches that are not of your own making or design. At times you may be tempted to quit the game, but, be forewarned: quitting does not end the game. It is nothing more than one more possible play.
Because the game has such dire consequences, the rules are carefully presented below. Please, don’t read them lightly. Without a clear understanding of the Rules of the Game, you don’t stand a chance of surviving, let alone winning. But always remember… The Game of Life has been fashioned with your victory clearly in mind.

Rule #1:
God (Player #1) must always tell the truth. (KJV) 2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


Rule #2:
Lucifer (Player #2) always lies. (KJV) Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Rule #3:
You (the playing piece) will always have the choice to do either what God suggests, or what Lucifer suggests. (KJV) Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


How the Game of Life is played: (Read carefully… your success depends on understanding this section.)

Each and every play is initiated with only one goal in mind: to see which “voice” the playing piece (you) will respond to through action. Points are awarded to either God or Lucifer, depending on who you believe.

A sample play would go somewhat like this:
in your daughter’s Game of Life (yes, other people’s game will always overlap and affect your own Game) Lucifer has suggested yielding to her boyfriend in a way that would destroy her testimony as a Christian. God suggests that she talk to you about what she has been going through. Now, in your own Game, Lucifer tells you that she has probably already gone too far with her boyfriend and you should force them to break up. God tells you to be gentle with your daughter and trust her moral upbringing. How you respond could result in your daughter either screaming that you have no right to interfere in her life, or crying tears of joy because she wants to be as Godly as you. Not only are there multiple points involved, but your entire future relationship with your daughter is at stake.

In playing The Game of Life the simplest strategy is to remember that God always tells the truth and Satan always lies. The longer you play the game the easier it becomes to recognize truth from lie. More experienced players are often surprised by the silly choices made by others. They forget that, even at their own level of play, stupid choices can still be made. There is a remedy for the bad choices that will inevitably be made, however. There is a blood-red free spot at the center of the game that is marked by a cross. If you see that you have goofed in your choices and listened to the liar, just get to the cross. Once there, all bad moves will be eradicated and all points awarded to Lucifer will be removed.

In fact, getting to the cross early in the game is the best move you could possibly make. It is at the cross where you are guaranteed to win the Game of Life. Nobody is ever denied access to the freedom of the Cross and it can be instantly reached no matter where you are in the Game.

Which leaves only one other thing to ponder about The Game of Life:
Since Satan always lies, God always tells the truth, and the Cross is always available… you are free to choose in every situation.

So, why are there so many people losing at this game?


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Kristen Hester09/18/08
Oh, what great truths are revealed here. You make it sound so simple. Your ending question is a good one. This is a very creative take on the topic. Good job!
Kristen Hester09/18/08
Oh, what great truths are revealed here. You make it sound so simple. Your ending question is a good one. This is a very creative take on the topic. Good job!
Dee Yoder 09/19/08
The rules ARE simple, which is proof that we're all born in sin and absolutely need that Savior to transcend our sinful nature. It must break God's heart to know He gives us so many ways to say yes to Him, but we just keep saying no...glad there is grace and more than one chance to change our hearts and minds. God is faithful to call and faithful to listen and faithful to save. Great message.
Marijo Phelps09/20/08
Very creative and sucinct way to put this. When we get there and can see the old DVDs it will be very interesting to see just what was happening in the unseen realm compared with what we remember in our minds.
Shelley Ledfors 09/22/08
A great and creative take on the topic. I like the way you presented this. I love the blood-red Free spot marked with a cross! And your ending question as well. You presented a lot of truth in a unique format. Thanks!
Celeste Ammirata09/22/08
This is really good! You do make it sound so simple, and it is, but it's also not. Great take on the topic. Nicely done.
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/22/08
Your points are well taken and well illustrated of God's honesty, Satan's dishonest, and the need to go to the cross. You present an important challenge.
Valarie Sullivan09/23/08
I've never seen it put quite that way before. Excellent work!
Kristi Peifer09/24/08
Oh, this was great! Very easy to understand! I could see this used in youth ministry. The only thing I would suggest is staying consistent with how you name Lucifer. Sometimes he's called Satan, and someone who was entering the game as a newborn wouldn't know that he has multiple names.
Deborah Engle 09/24/08
How creative. I like this-sort of cross between a story and a devotional.
LauraLee Shaw09/24/08
Excellent, my kind of piece! Ending with that question was perfect, and the message was wrapped with creativity. Love it.
Karlene Jacobsen 09/24/08
Oh man, this is powerful! How true it is, the choices are ours, the victory is ours if we'll have it, and the cross is the eradicator of all bad moves. Excellent!
Chely Roach09/24/08
This was so very good...loved it.
Joshua Janoski09/25/08
"
In fact, getting to the cross early in the game is the best move you could possibly make. It is at the cross where you are guaranteed to win the Game of Life. Nobody is ever denied access to the freedom of the Cross and it can be instantly reached no matter where you are in the Game."


Amen to that! You posed such a great question at the end. Why do we lose so often at this game? We know the truth, and yet we still choose to award Lucifer points from time to time. I'm so thankful for the cross and blood at the center of the board. I frequent that spot quite often, and I would have no hope without it.

Oh, and thank you for your encouragement, Gerald. You are a class act individual here at FaithWriters. We are all so blessed to have both your wonderful spirit and your wonderful writing.
Rachel Something09/27/08
One WORD---AWESOME
Patsy Hallum01/12/11
As a player in the Game of Life, listening to God's voice is very hard. Thank you for explaining it in this wonderful story. Your instructions are simple enough for any age to understand.