Outlined in sidewalk chalk was a track that began in the basement of the lodge that circled a figure eight around a couple of the center support beams. I will call it the parable of the “Board Walk.” It is also the mode of transport in this relay race we will call “life,” for all intensive purposes.
You might be confusing “Board Walk,” with “Boardwalk,” the highly coveted dark blue property just before passing “Go” and collecting $200. Do not be deceived friends, it is a highly overrated property.
“So the probability of landing on a railroad every time going around the board is 4 / 40 which is a 10% chance. And the probability of landing on the 3 properties right next to eachother is 3 / 40 which is a 7.5% chance. There are other factors involved like you have to roll 2 dice. This means 6 7 8 are the most common dice rolls, with 7 being the most popular.” --- Thanks Math Stack Exchange.
Therefore you do the math when it comes to 2 properties in high demand. If you ask me, a life long member of the blue collar mid to low class affiliation, I find great value in securing the fixer-upper properties on the other side of Mo-town (Monopoly Town). I gladly accept the Baltic, Mediterranean, Connecticut, and Oriental Avenues. With just a little pest control, a fresh coat of paint and a all you can eat Continental Breakfast, I Monopolize greatly. Don’t believe me? Invite me over and we will play.
Youth Rally was a solo mission for me this year. I and my family went to support, and to educate ourselves in what I would have to look forward to in 2019. The theme was “Identity, Belonging and Purpose.” I found this to be a poignant, thought provoking topic in light of the darkness the enemy of souls seeks to shackle our young people with. This entry will be one of a series based on this theme beginning with “Identity.”
Until then, for those who may not know what the “Board Walk” is, here is a video clip taken from the event that weekend. Notice the person clapping, and the person with the cup. Notice others. I would like to know your thoughts of the parable that spring from the activity. Leave some messages for the podcast. 316-778-0260, it’s a Google number that goes straight to Voicemail.
Things to consider in your reflections are the roles of each person on the team. Observe the team function in relation to the different personality types, the leaders, the engaged and unengaged. Consider the importance of communication and the necessity of unity to take one simple step. How about the seemingly harmless negative talk coming from those within and those without. Think of the role of sideliners and the psychology from the perspective of spectatorship vs participation. “If I was doing it, I would do it this way.” Imagine the dynamic of competition that causes the team in the back to stop trying and never finish the race. There is the epiphany that no matter how many times some of those kids boasted to have done the activity before, it was new every time. Why? Because everyone is different, the nose, mouth, toe, and yet all are necessary in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 with Christ as the head. Then consider the seemingly failed, extremely effective model Christ demonstrated in Matthew 28:16-20. See you next time.