Today was an excellent--though very long--day. I had a good time this morning in prayer and reflection; I had some very important conversations and good opportunities to love people in my life, and I got a lot of work accomplished. At the end of evening Aikido, I was in The Gamers Guild handling some final sales prior to the small group Bible study that I usually lead in Common Grounds Coffee House and Free Store (in between Aikido of Northwest Kansas and The Gamers Guild). One of the members was going to be late as he was caring for his new twin girls, and three people were sitting around very bored. My wife also wanted me to play a game with her. I knew I had quite a few things to do work-wise, but there are ALWAYS things to do work-wise, and it felt like God's Kingdom priority would lean more towards loving my wife and helping these bored college students feel engaged and have fun. So, I suggested we play a short board game. The short board game went long, and the individual who showed up late for small group was even able to join in, but it was actually tremendously fun. The game we played, Coup, was a newer game at The Gamers Guild, and three of the players hadn't ever played before. Soon everyone was smiling, joking, and spending good time together. At the end, we started small group late and had great discussion and prayer.
Later tonight, as we were driving home, my wife told me how very much playing that game meant to her. She said that moments like that don't happen often enough at The Gamers Guild, but that those types of moments are one of the things that she loves the most--when we can engage people who are there because they are bored, help them learn a new game and have fun, and help them feel connected to other people. I agree with my wife--that is one of the most important things we can do up there--and I hope to be able to do that more and more often as I continue to prayerfully change things there so that I can more easily be free to walk around and start games and conversations. Thank God for great opportunities with good people--the harvest is plentiful, and the workers are few. We can, even today, pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send more workers. If YOU might be one of those people who would enjoy hanging out with (primarily) college-aged kids playing games and having conversations, feel free to contact me and let me know. We'd love to have you there, too!