Blog by Joel Maylor-Pridmore

Last week I had to come to terms with my last minute Connect Four Championship defeat to Benji!

Having already overcome two tough opponents I had built several rows of three and was ready to inflict the final blow and win this last game. And then… to my horror… Benji placed his final counter and slotted it in place to complete his own row of four.

How had I missed this seemingly clear vertical line? How could I have been in a strong position only to end up the loser? It was because in that moment I was only focused on my own pieces… I had forgotten to pay attention to my adversary.

The Apostle Paul instructs us to make sure we stay aware of the enemy’s schemes. It is vital to focus on what we are doing – we cannot be victorious without focus and determination, but we must also remember that we can be tripped up in the simplest of ways. For Paul one such snare was in failing to forgive others, but we all have our own areas of potential failure.

I pray that as we continue to fix our eyes on Jesus, we would also remain alert to the things that could cause us to stumble.

PS. Just to clarify…. I’m not making a parallel between Benji and the devil (even if he is a Man U. Supporter)!

“And what I have forgiven – if there was anything to forgive – I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”

(2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:10-11‬).‬