I recently came across an obscure little book during some of my doctoral research called The Game With Minutes. Written in the 50s by Frank Laubach, the book proposes a system for maintaining consistent thought and meditation on Christ, since as Laubach says, “We shall not become like Christ until we give him more time.” Laubach suggests that the average Christian thinks about Christ only ten minutes per week. If that was the case in the 1950s, imagine how little we think about Christ today!
This “game” is essentially an attempt at keeping God in your mind and thoughts every minute that you are awake–to see if you can think about God ONE second out of every minute. Here are some examples of how it might look in your life:
1. Offer a quick prayer for the people that you see throughout your day.
2. Try to “see double,” as Christ does. See the person as he is and the person that Christ longs to make him.
3. Have an empty chair beside you and imagine that your Unseen Maker is sitting in it.
4. All thought employs silent words and is really a conversation with your inner self. Instead of talking to yourself, begin to form the habit of talking to Christ.
5. If you deal with customers throughout your day, make it a habit of praying for them while you assist them.
6. Remember that beauty is the voice of God. Learn to hear his voice in every tree, every cloud, every bird, every song, every child, every math problem, and every soap bubble.
There are countless ways to play the game. Begin to figure out what works for you in maintaining constant conversation with Jesus throughout your day-to-day life. In the end, you will discover that the relationship you were meant to have with your Creator goes deeper than you ever imagined.
Laubach concludes by suggesting several ways that you “win” at this game:
1. We develop a familiar friendship with Jesus.
2. All that we do is done better and more smoothly.
3. Our minds are pure.
4. The Bible and Christian literature seem like different books as we begin to relate to those who have had similar experiences with God.
5. We are more content.
6. It is much easier to tell others about Christ, because our minds are flooded with Him.
7. Grudges, jealousies, hatred, and prejudices begin to melt away.
One of my favorite quotes from The Game With Minutes says, “If you are weary of some sleepy form of devotion, probably God is as weary of it as you are.”
God desires a vital, living, real relationship with you. He hates checklists. He hates dutiful service. And he hates a sleepy form of devotion. Decide today to include him in your everyday life, and the thriving relationship that you’ve always desired with your Creator will begin to seem possible.