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When we were young we used to play some interesting games
Like “Hide and Seek” or “Colored Eggs,” but we loved them all the same.
One thing for sure when we would play, we didn’t play to lose,
So if the game involved a team, the best friends we would choose.
We would complain if someone cheats or if they’d not play fair,
And when we won, we’d celebrate the game that we won there.
Well, now we’re older, but we’ve found out that games are lots like life:
It has its rules and we aren’t glad when it is full of strife.
Each day when we get out of bed, life seems to say, “Game on!”
And how the day may end for us depends on where we’ve gone.
Did we walk paths of righteousness?  Did we in wrong place stand?
Did we become a scornful one or follow God’s commands?
Did we put someone down that day and sharply criticize?
Or did we with compassion help someone with teary eyes?
Yes, games of life we play each day are so important now;
It’s all about to win, not lose, with pleasing God somehow.
For some day we will stand before a judgment seat to see
The game of life we played on earth revealed by Deity.
Gold, silver, precious stones there will be tried by fire,
And wood and hay and stubble, too, will be placed in that pyre.
What comes out of that trial that day will be our just reward:
Was the game of life here played for self, or played here for the Lord?
You can decide each day to play the game of life in prayer
And team up with the Lord of Hosts to treat each person fair.
So, “GAME ON!”—hear the call today to do your very best
To live the way that pleases Him and see your life so blessed!

Copyright © Clarence Billheimer | Year Posted 2017


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