There is a card game, Fluxx, which starts with only two rules: “Draw two and Play two.”
The object of the game is to be the first one to reach the Goal. With every play, however, the rules change and so can the goal. You think you can win, and in one swift play, your plan is thwarted.
It’s a fun game – the kind of game that you can talk and laugh while you’re playing. We had a good time playing Fluxx with friends on a recent Saturday night.
On the way home, I mentioned to Jim that it would be pretty tragic if traffic rules were ever-changing like the rules in Fluxx. That next day, our speaker in church told about driving in South America: the taxi driver ran the red lights and stopped at the green saying, “we must stop at the green, because of all the people who run the red lights!” We all chuckled. Ironically Monday morning I had to stop at a green light because an early morning driver ran the red light! I was living “Traffic Fluxx!”
Fluxx has several add-on versions – cards you can shuffle in with the original deck. These cards have more rule changes and goals to keep the game exciting. They have Zombie Fluxx, Pirate Fluxx, Family Fluxx and Eco-Fluxx. You can buy blank Fluxx cards to write your own Rules and Goals! Traffic Fluxx might be their next expansion deck.
In Fluxx, you might have to get rid of all the cards in your hand, trade cards with another player or give up your “Keepers” (treasures). You might be forced to make a play that hurts your chances of winning. You might think, “Ah ha! I’ve got it – the goal is in reach,” then the goal changes right before your eyes.
Can life be like Fluxx? I ponder this on the anniversary of when two young men lost their wives in separate tragic car accidents. Rule change. Goal change? Jim lost his job in 2008. Rule change. Goal change? Two families I’m close to just had healthy new babies. Rule change. Goal change? (Diaper change!? – couldn’t resist.) Graduation. Rule change. Goal change?
A difference between Life and Fluxx is the Goal. In a Christian’s life, no matter the Rule changes, the Goal remains the same. Paul, in Philippians 3:12 – 14 states, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Life does throw its changes at us. But unlike the game of Fluxx, our goal is constant – our God is constant. Death? Rule change. Goal, I press on. Economy fails? Rule change. Goal, I press on. Sickness? Rule change. Goal, I press on. Windfall? Rule change. Goal, I press on. New life? (For me that would have to be in the form of a puppy!) – Rule change. Goal, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Praise God!