Gathering around the neighborhood while growing up, we played a game.
The game was called Logorio.
It was a game where we stacked broken pieces of tiles used for building the roof. It was a game like Jenga where the objective was to build a tower as tall as possible with the pieces of tiles. Unlike Jenga, where the blocks are even and uniform, we used broken, discarded pieces of earthen roof tiles.
The game was played in the narrow lanes of the streets where we lived and required two teams. Strikers and keepers.
The goal for the Strikers was to throw a ball aimed at the body of the keepers and preventing them from building the tower.
Once the game started, it quickly gathered momentum, energy and concentration. This building and rebuilding was the most fun and challenging part of the game where the keepers would do their best to stack up as many tiles as possible while dodging the strikers and avoiding getting hit, because if the players got hit by the opponent’s missile they would be disqualified and had to stop building the tower and the remaining team members had to carry on where they left.
The winning team would then get the opportunity to start building the tower, all over again. This went on tirelessly until both teams would get multiple opportunities to attempt building the tower.
During those days, traffic was less in our neighbourhood. Still, there were vehicles that occasionally passed through the narrow, uneven street. The game was carried on with so much enthusiasm that pedestrians and neighbours passing by paused to observe the game a bit, smiled and carefully eased their way through the frenzied, boisterous, noisy players. Passing vehicles too had to slow down. Nothing stopped the game which went on with fierce determination from both sides.
Much alertness, agility, and dodging went into it.
Whenever players completed stacking up all tiles to build the tower, the winning team vociferously screamed’ Logorio’ and celebrated their win with great joy.
Would it be any different to rebuild broken things of life?
Broken dreams. Broken hope. Broken courage. Broken relationships. Broken hearts. Broken success. They all call for a repeated, rebuilding. And the rebuilding calls for a fierce, determined fight of faith.
Timidity will not work!
Like Logorio, it takes an energetic fight, alert dodging and quick action while making everything else that comes in the way to halt because the game must go on. It calls for single minded focus on the goal.
That which is broken must be rebuilt at all costs.
For those of you who are fighting any form of brokenness in your life and circumstances, may I say, focus your eyes on Jesus, He is your compassionate Savior. He is the Author who starts and the one that completes your faith journey. You are not fighting alone, though at times it may seem like it’s a lonely fight, He is always with you, He is on your team.
Often, when we start on a faith project, the efforts may be obvious but not the results.
Therefore, a faith walk calls for a different kind of stamina, the kind that comes from total trust and dependence on the promises of God and the knowing that He who has promised is faithful and well able to fulfill His promises.
No matter what challenge you are facing currently, no matter how strong the opposition, persevere, stay agile, keep your eyes on Jesus and do your bit with alertness and speed and you will see the successful result of the fight of faith.
You will see broken things stacking up and getting rebuilt in spite of the many strikes and falls, and soon you too will triumph in the victorious spirit of “Logorio”.
Wishing you a week of personal victories, good news, and great things.
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.