CHECKMATE! That word means so much when you are playing Chess. If you say it – it means you have won, you have trapped the king and it can’t move. It is a great feeling and it was the goal for the game. If you are hearing it – it means you made the wrong move – you lost. Even though you had strategically planned your moves – something went wrong and your King couldn’t move.
Chess is alot like life…there are lots of pieces and each one can move in a different way. It requires much thought and a deep understanding of all the pieces.
A PAWN can only move forward…in the beginning – they can move two spaces but only one after that. The pawn can move diagonally only when an enemy is one space left or right diagonally. Reminds me of life sometimes…we take the easy road and just take one step at a time…we might make a slight move if there is an issue but we move forward with no real purpose…just one step at a time. (BORING)
BISHOPS move diagonal – and can go back and forth diagonally…never veering off course…just back in forth in a line on the same color. Many of us are like that in our lives. We decide to do something and then we change our mind…we really make no progress…just back in forth with our decisions. We start a diet, we get off a diet….we start reading the Bible – we stop reading it….(FRUSTRATING)
KNIGHTS move in an L-shape, one square up and two over….sounds like one step up and two steps back. In our lives we sometimes start making great progress and then we have to back up two steps. We lose momentum and we stay in the same pattern over and over – an endless cycle. (CONFUSING)
ROOKS can move any numbers of squares up or down or side to side. They have a little more freedom. We can be like a rook in our life when we do have more freedom and we do make choices to move ahead but we play it safe. We are cautious. We are able to advance and strive towards our goals but we don’t cross the lines or get out of bounds. (PROGRESSING)
QUEENS are the ultimate piece. They can move in any direction and are the most powerful piece on the board. We can achieve our goals so much better if we are able to play like a queen and look at the different options and determine the best path to winning in our life. (ACHIEVING)
KINGS can move only one square at a time in any direction. Kings in our life is us taking baby steps and always waiting for something to happen – something to trap us and something to yell CHECKMATE or stop. Kings generally wait for the bad
The number one chess player in the world (Carlsen) once said…”Self-confidence is very important. If you don’t think you can win, you will take cowardly decisions in the crucial moments, out of sheer respect for your opponent. You see the opportunity but also greater limitations than you should. I have always believed in what I do on the chessboard, even when I had no objective reason to. It is better to overestimate your prospects than underestimate them.”
Chess is a game as is life. Chess requires alot of study and understanding of all the pieces…as does life. We need to determine what Chess piece we want to be and we need to study long and hard so we can be the one yelling Checkmate. So often we just randonly play a game of chess without thinking about the consequences of the moves. So in life we make choices and decisions that were not thoughtfully determined and we can find ourself in a place of Checkmate. I encourage you to think about your next move and the consequences…you never know if it is the winning move or the move to Checkmate.
The Voice (VOICE)
9 Here’s what I pray for you:
Father, may their love grow more and more in wisdom and insight— 10 so they will be able to examine and determine the best from everything else. And on the day of the Anointed One, the day of His judgment, let them stand pure and blameles.
Connecting with you,