The Men of Iron Minute
by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation
It’s Your Move
Over the last couple months, I have flown several times. Flying is synonymous with long security lines, stifling masks, overpaying for meals and people angling for a window seat. I have grown accustomed to the hustle and bustle, and I am slowly getting comfortable with the waiting. But I am not there yet! On my last flight, I quickly exhausted the usual time drains like reading, people watching, and listening to podcasts. I recommend the Men of Iron Podcast by the way. Shameless plug!
Well, we were airborne, and I was bored, so I looked to the monitor in front of me for some relief. After scrolling through the options, I settled on the game of chess. Not a rocket science approach really. I started with chess because it was the only game I recognized. I painfully tried playing against the computer five or so times and got destroyed every time (on novice level). I found myself wanting to hover over the screen so the other people watchers couldn’t relish over my shame. The chess pieces have their own way of moving on the board, and I learned that back in 5th grade just before the West School Chess Tournament. I made it to the quarterfinals before some punk kid beat me in four moves, but I am not bitter. Well, maybe a little.
I am familiar with how the pieces move, but I am clueless on strategy. Every move caused a breach and made my queen vulnerable until I lost. You may not know how to play chess, but you will understand this. Chess is a game of strategy. You must think steps ahead to make the right offensive/defensive move against your opponent. David Shenk has this insightful quote, “Chess is rarely a game of ideal moves. Almost always, a player faces a series of difficult consequences whichever move he makes.” I felt that and got owned like in 5th grade.
Life, like chess, is filled with decisions. The decisions of life bring consequences, and then, we must live with those consequences. The choices are big and small, and their effect sends a shockwave of varying degrees. The renowned Anne Frank noted, “Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First, we make our choices. Then our choices make us.” Choices can paralyze or catalyze. Option 1: Paralyzing us from living free. Option 2: Catalyzing us from living small.
Steps into your destiny may require a step away from your security.
Courageous men don’t need outcomes. They need steps.
What if the adventure of a lifetime could begin with one question and answer?
Here’s what I mean.
These questions pose life changing answers.
• “Will you marry me?”
• “Do you want to have kids?”
• “What if God is not done with me?”
• “Will I take my fitness seriously?”
• “What if I entered into mentorship?”
• “Will you follow Jesus?”
Questions like these are not limited to that space and time. Every question and answer gives birth to opportunity, new life, refined futures, or a step.
Is there a question that you’ve been stalling to answer?
Is there a part of your life that needs surrendered to Christ?
The adventure of a lifetime begins with one step.
It’s your move.
Be a mentor.
Find a mentor.
Be a better man.