Ever played Jenga? There may be a lot of versions of this game out there, but here is how my kids and I used to play it: We started out with a bunch of blocks on the table and built a tower of stacked blocks. For every block added to the tower, it got stronger–eighteen stories strong!

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Once the tower is complete, the real game starts. When it’s your turn, you get to pull out one block below the highest completed story (one hand only please!) and you (gently!) deposit it on top of the tower.

After a few turns, there is a lot of strategic thinking going on as every missing block weakens the tower even though it may still look quite stable for a while. And for every block that is added to the tower, the balance shifts as well…

The weight of the tower shifts, and some pieces become easier to pull out than others. At some point, the tower collapses and that’s the end of the game.


Mind you, by the time the tower collapses, there is the same amount of blocks as when the game started, but the tower can’t stand on its own any longer. It does not collapse because it lost some blocks, or because the blocks lost their strength. It collapses because the whole of the tower is compromised by the new placement of the blocks. The same blocks that formed a strong tower before cannot hold it together any more.

The tower collapses because it is unbalanced.

And I can’t help but compare this game to the body of Christ–so strong when each member takes his or her place, so weakened when members move apart from each other, even if it still looks stable for a while.  And I can’t help but get on my knees and ask that I would not seek to move away from where He Himself placed me for the health of His church.

And I can’t help but thank my God for the body of Christ–so strong when each member takes his or her place, so beautifully orchestrated by the Maste Designer, the Lover of His Body, the Lover of our souls.


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  1. I love this Barbara! Our family has played Jenga for years. Recently our son built a life size version for my husband’s birthday party. We have to play it outside and can’t include the little ones. It gets quite tall.

    I’m excited to share your analogy with them next time we play. Thanks for sharing.


  2. You’ve done a wonderful job of explaining Jenga. It’s an all time favorite in our home. The principles behind the game make it a perfect reflection of the body of Christ – when it’s weak and when it’s strong. Thanks for sharing Barbara.


  3. “Where He placed me.” That’s the key. Too many times I want to place myself. It causes the church to be unbalanced and I’m unbalanced in my own life, too. You’ve made me think — this is convicting. ~Pamela


  4. I haven’t played this game, but I love your illustration of being balanced and at times weak because of displacement. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.


  5. Barbara- I love Jenga! And I love this message. Community and the Church is only strong when we are united. This line inspired me: “And I can’t help but get on my knees and ask that I would not seek to move away from where He Himself placed me for the health of His church.” Amen! Thanks for sharing your gift here!


  6. I had forgotten about this game until just last week when I was browsing the games at Walmart, looking for a gift for my nephew. I picked out Jenga. I love this reminder about the body of Christ. Now I want to go play that game! 🙂


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