GET IN THE GAME - Part 2/4

Community Group Conversation Starters
GET IN THE GAME – Part 2/4
Pastor Clark Frailey

September 24, 2017

BIG IDEA: Fundamentals begin with fun. 

BACKGROUND: After several years of no play, we may find it difficult to have fun. So we’ll need to begin with tiny steps. The first step is to convince ourselves that it’s okay to play. There are no commandments against play. In fact, Jesus invited children to be around him, and kids like people who are fun. 

"Always remember the first three letters of fundamentals.”
-Coach Tony Dungy

Read Proverbs 15:13/Ecclesiastes 8:15.

Scripture encourages us to explore the life God has given us. The unique creative talents. The friendships and people He has brought into our lives.

In her book Crazy Time, Abigail Trafford writes about the importance of not getting stuck between the past and the future. She devotes one chapter to the “Emergence of Self.” Trafford declares that as we move out of the pain, real life can sneak up on us. As we accept it, we “Bring to new life a survivor’s confidence and a tourist’s vision that the world offers many different experiences. It’s just a question of deciding what you want to do.”

God gives us choices, and even though we have many responsibilities, we can also ask ourselves, “What do I really want to do?” Maybe we can spend five minutes playing a game of solitaire. Tomorrow, 10 minutes strolling around a garden. On Sunday afternoon, get a manicure or go hunting, golfing, or play a videogame. And don’t feel guilty about it.

CONVERSATION STARTERS:

If you didn’t have to work, what would you like to do? 
What is keeping you from a piece of that dream? What is the first step to realizing that dream?

What creative gifts do you have? How about composing a song, writing a poem, or painting? Do you like to journal? Maybe you have gifts that you haven’t even discovered. What creative gifts would you like to pursue?

Who is your favorite author? Why? 
What is it about the author's writing that opens excitement, adventure, or intrigue to your mind?

Do you have debts that are keeping you from play? 
Have you considered Dave Ramsey, Crown Financial Ministries or some other type of financial counseling? What financial tips have you learned that you can share with the group? 

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Additional Resources:
At Home in Mitford, Jan Karon (Viking Penguin Group, 1996; ISBN 0-670-88225-9)

God’s Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved, Sue Monk Kidd (Guideposts Associates, Inc., 1987; ISBN 0-06-064581-4) 

Searching for Hope, Billy Graham (Thomas Nelson, 2007; ISBN 1418516597)

Time for Joy: Daily Affirmations, Ruth Fishel (Health Communications, 1988; ISBN 0932194826)