Where, When, and How to Play the Game With Minutes

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This is Day 18 of my 31 Days of Writing Challenge called “Dare to Pray.” You can go back to Day One by clicking here.

 Is It Easy?

The Game with Minutes is trying to call Christ to mind at least one second of every minute. You do not need to stop other things or forget your work, but invite Him to share everything you do or say or think. When you try this Game with Minutes, you discover that spiritually you are very weak at first. A baby learning to walk may pull up, wobble a few steps and then fall in exhaustion. Then he tries again standing a little longer than before. When we try to keep God in mind, we may be like this baby, but there are some people who will learn to keep Him in mind as much as 90 percent of the day.

“You will find this just as easy and just as hard as forming any other habit.”(Laubach, Practicing His Presence, p.31.)

Can You Keep God in Mind While Having Fun?

God is interested in our fun as much as we are.

“If a thing brings health and joy and friendship, and a fresh mind, God is keenly interested because He is interested in us.”

You can easily pray while playing any sport, running, or playing any game. In fact, we can learn to pray during any activity.

“We gain purity of heart, because when we are maintaining the Presence of Christ, our minds are pure as a mountain stream every moment.” (p.36)

Can You Keep God in Mind as You Go Throughout Your Day?

skyWhen you wake in the morning, you can bring Jesus into your mind by saying, “Good morning,” and you might say His name in your mind several times to focus your attention on Him. Then you can say,” Lord, shall we get up now?”

You can talk to him as you dress and prepare for the day. As you leave your home, He goes with you.

“Men have found they can keep the Lord in mind while engaged in all types of work, mental or manual.” (p. 34)

Those who have intolerable circumstances to face find that they have greater strength while recognizing their Unseen friend at their side. You can take a stroll and easily call the Lord to mind as you walk. Ask Him what is on His mind, and “answer back aloud with your voice what you believe He replies to you.” (p.33) You may not always be correct in guessing His answer, but there are times you will be very sure it was what He would say to  you.

When reading, you can talk with Him about what is on the pages you read. You will be surprised when greater insights come to you while you read.

Mothers can keep Christ in mind while caring for children and doing household duties like sweeping, doing laundry, and other household chores. They can whisper to the Lord about every small matter knowing that He can help.

Making all thought a conversation with God is the greatest, most productive, and joyous activity we could possibly engage upon. Multitudes have turned despair into joy and defeat into victory by playing the Game with Minutes.

“This practicing the Presence of Christ takes all of our time, yet does not take from our work, it takes Christ into our enterprises and makes them more successful.” (p. 30)

At the end of the day, you can make sure that your last thoughts are of Jesus as you fall asleep.

And throughout your day, when you see a flag or a symbol of America, or when the Lord brings our country to your attention,

Dare to Pray, “Draw the hearts of this nation back to your, Lord.”

Continue to Day 19

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10 Responses

  1. Thank you for your perspective! It’s insightful!

  2. What a great point…bringing God to mind every minute of the day. I’ll have to work on this!

  3. I love having a conversation with God throughout my day and praying that He is with everything I do. It’s so cool to know He is always there every minute of the day!

    • I’ll be stopping over to see what you’re up to at niftybetty.com Thanks for stopping by. He is with us!

  4. I LOVE this concept – never heard of it before but love it. Does the book give any tips for how to recognize when a minute has passed? I fear I’d think it was only a minute when 5 had gone by! But I am going to try this – at any rate, even if I do 1 second every five minutes that is more than I have been doing! 🙂 Thanks for this inspiring concept!

    • Good question! I sometimes set a timer for 5 minutes and practice thinking about Jesus that whole five minutes. It’s important to bring ourselves back gently without any condemnation or frustration because He is ever so gentle. Other than that I just estimate how “well” I have done in a day and purpose to do more the next day. sometimes I set a timer for an hour to remind me to see if I am “in the game.” It really is amazing how refreshing it can be and how our perspectives change. Blessings to you! Thanks for reading.

  5. Good thoughts! I’ve found that when I make it a point to spend more intentional time with Him, I can bring Him into my day more easily.

    • I agree Sarah. There’s a part of the Game With Minutes that the author talks about taking a full hour to read and meditate on the gospels every day to set the foundation for the day. I haven’t been able, or let’s just say I haven’t intentionally done this yet, but I know it will be extremely valuable. Thanks for coming by.

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