Life scrabble...

In addition to having the wonderful privilege of visiting last weekend...(Side note: Life Church is in Oklahoma City, OK…and is one of the most innovative multi-site churches of our day)...I also had the time and space to sit in plenty of airport terminals and perfect my scrabble skills. As I sat and waited for connecting flights, TSA screenings and the general lines associated with participating in the airline industry I played personal scrabble on my ipod.

I love the opportunity to get better at scrabble on my own time because my wife is an ultra-competitive scrabble player and I need every advantage I can take to eventually be able to beat her.  Ha!

As I sat and played, I thought about what makes scrabble so fun.  Here’s the idea:  You are given (7) tiles and a board full of opportunities to take any number of those tiles…and make the best word possible as they fit in with what has already been played.  The possibilities are endless…given your tiles, the free spaces, and your general knowledge of words.

Here's the connection with what I want to write about today:  You and I have been given certain gifts and talents.  We've been wired, ordered, and then charged (straight from the One who created everything we see...including the very DNA that shapes us today) with not letting these gifts and talents go to waste.  These gifts and talents are like the tiles we play on a scrabble board.  They spell out our very purpose in this world.   Our game board is the canvas of opportunities that God provides us to "play" every single day.  We have to take the tiles we've been GIVEN and integrate them onto the board with everyone else in the game!  We do this with the goal of  filling the board full of unique and creative words that are unique to what we've been given...a full game….a full life.

Part of a full life is discovering who we are in God and who God has created us to be in this world.

This weekend, we’ll be talking about some big life questions as we start a new series called “What am I here for” based on Romans 12.   You may remember this chapter of the Bible as it starts with the words,

 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I’m excited for what this series can mean for us all as we ask the big question of, “What am I here for?”

In preparation for this weekend, read Romans 12, invite a friend to church, and play some scrabble.  I'll see you at Forward Hall at 11AM or 5PM


(Side note:  I have no shame in writing 2 weeks about serving.  Jesus Christ himself said that the greatest in the kindom are those who serve.  If we could get our whole church to serve those around us, we would experience such radical change that our city, our country, our world...that we'd literally see God's power unleashed in crazy proportion as His body functions as it was created to function.)