This past weekend was the 13th annual Tennessee Game Days. It’s a board game convention that’s held in Franklin, TN. This year was the 4th year that I’ve attended. I was always one that enjoyed playing board games even as a kid. But I really got into playing board games when the resurgence of popularity of them took off earlier this decade.
For those that don’t know, a board game convention (like this one) is where people from all around come together to play board games. People from all walks of life get together and sit down to play games. How cool is that? This being my fourth year I’ve seen several people that I recognize from previous years as well as meet new people who are there for the first time.
People that know me know I’m a “extroverted introvert”. I like small groups and need my time to recharge the social batteries. But I love going to events like this to meet people and interact. It is a cool way to build community sitting around talking and playing games.
People from different backgrounds can come together and fellowship and build community. That is what the church is about as well People from all walks of life coming together to fellowship and worship. And I’ve found that something as simple as playing a board game can be a way to connect with people and build relationships.
In our society of being connected digitally, it’s nice to unplug and connect in such an analog way. I think it would be well for all of us to find a group of friends (or make new friends) and play board games. Connect and develop relationships through something as simple as a game can have a big difference in someone’s life.
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from author Pete Wilson:
“When you’re hurt or doubting, there’s nothing more comforting than hearing someone say, ‘I know what you’re going through.’ When you’re questioning and crying, there’s nothing that helps more than being told, ‘I’m in it with you.'” (Pete Wilson Plan B)
“Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.
Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepted you, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15:5-7)
We live in a world with a lot of discord and disharmony. There is a lot of division. Sin divides us. But Jesus brings us together. Paul wrote to the church in Rome and reminded them of this. On their own, there is division and strife. But with God, there is unity.
God gives us the endurance and encouragement. He gives us the hope to come together united. This is possible through the work of Jesus Christ. Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins and rose again, is able to bring together people from all walks of life.
The other big thing in this passage is accepting. Paul is not saying we are to accept sins but we are to accept sinners because we all are sinners. But through the grace and glory of God, we have been accepted by the work on Jesus Christ and we can repent and turn to Him.
This week let us encourage one another. Let us live in harmony and let us show love and acceptance to others and as we do point them to Jesus.
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
“Christian community means community through and in Jesus Christ.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Life Together)
For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” here is a quote from author and pastor Joshua Harris:
“The purpose of Christian community in the church is not only our joy and spiritual growth. The purpose is also mission–displaying and advancing God’s reign and rule in the world.” (Joshua Harris Dug Down Deep)
This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from speaker and activist Shane Claiborne:
“Community is what we are created for.” (Shane Claiborne)