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The End Game

Posted: Wednesday, June 28

 Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

2 Kings 13:1-14:29
Acts 18:23-19:12
Psalm 146:1-10
Proverbs 18:2-3

Verse of the day:

I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath. (Psalm 146:2 NLT)


Samuel Becket, a French playwright, debuted his one-act play “Endgame” in 1957. It’s an absurdist take on the apocalypse. The four lead characters are the last surviving members of society—a man, his two parents, and their servant. The play gives little consideration to HOW the world ends and focuses entirely on this bizarre and dysfunctional family. The author’s inspiration came from the game of Chess where the term “Endgame” refers to a player’s change in strategy when the end is near.

 

If you knew the end was near, how would your strategy change? If you knew you had a month to live, how would you spend your time? When you’re playing a game of chess, you can see the end approaching. You can count the pieces and adjust accordingly. Inexperienced players act recklessly in the first two thirds of the game. They feel safe because they know they still have time.

 

Our human existence is not so predictable. You can’t count the pieces and know how much time is left. Our endgame is rarely decipherable from any other stage. The good news for today is . . . it’s not too late. You are alive. You do have breath. God’s transforming grace is readily available, and you can change your strategy today. Let's live everyday with the endgame in mind. 

 

Psalm 146:2 // I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.