Out of my comfort zone; speaking to strangers; not totally in control; improvisation. All these are good things for the improvement of my preaching. And they come from playing a game.
Dungeons & Dragons, the game, has always been of interest to me ever since I first learned about it, back in Tampico, when I was a little boy. I guess it does not come as a surprise: I have always had an active imagination, and sci-fi and fantasy have been favorite genres of mine.
Back in early December 2018 I decided I would try to play some D&D, with the idea of connecting with new people, challenge myself out of my comfort zone and, of course, enjoy a good adventure.
Then, two things happened: At our local comic book store announcements went up asking for new dungeon masters interested in lead new groups of adventurers; I also got the D&D Starter Set for Xmas. From there, things started to roll rather quickly, in a very good direction.
I took the orientation “class” for new DMs, which allowed me to meet new people right out of the gate. I asked a group of friends from church to help me play-test the Set, and now we are planning on meeting once a month. I ran my first D&D session at the store – again, meeting more new people – and the group decided to meet again this weekend!
What happened at that first session? It was amazing! I was challenged, I had to be on my toes all the time, I had to pay close attention to what people where saying and to the way I was saying things. And there was a good amount of improvisation.
All of those elements of the game are very good for me, as a preacher.
Our next session at the store is this Saturday, and with our church’s group is in two weeks; a lot of preparation lays ahead of me.
But I know it’ll be good thing.
How are you being challenge to practice humility? Are you putting yourself in disadvantage, when serving others, so that His Beauty may be clearly displayed? How?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.