Risk Boardgame

As you begin the New Year, I’m sure there are things you want and other stuff you want to see this year. That’s how we usually think around this time of year.

Have you thought about what it will take to make those things happen?

Whether you like it or not, it will be a battle to make it happen. You will probably have to fight for what you want. You will have to take the initiative. You are meant to be on the offensive. “Life is a fight for territory,” someone said, “and when you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will takeover.” What territory are you pursuing? How much territory do you need to fight for this year?

“Fight the good fight” was Paul’s admonition to timid Tim. In his first correspondence to young Timothy, Paul starts and finishes with those words (1 Timothy 1:18; 6:12). Paul uses three different words for fight in those passages. The words Paul uses can be translated three different ways: strategy (both in 1:18), agonize (the first in 6:12), and contest (the second in 6:12). I think Paul was trying to convey that the fight you are in takes planning, suffering, and should be fun!

You are in a high stakes battle, but you should enjoy the game! I’m sure there are things you want and want to see this year. So you fight because you must. Anything worthwhile will probably require you to battle.

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