Heckmeck is a new favourite game of mine. It’s a fun and quick game for two players or more. It’s from Germany, and the title literally means ‘nonsense’. The concept is that each player is a chicken, and you roll 8 dice to see who will catch the most worms (represented on Domino-like tiles). Some would say there’s a lot of chance in it but there is strategy too – you have to think rather fast and can steal worms from the other players depending on what you roll. The player with the most worms at the end is the winner. It can get quite competitive!
And after being an owner of three hens for just over a week, I can say there are real life similarities too. Each hen goes crazy over a worm, or some veg that you drop into the run, and it’s a real scrap seeing who will get to it first! They forget whatever they were doing before and focus just on that. It makes me think of the seagulls on Finding Nemo who shout ‘Mine!’ when they want to eat a fish. They claim it and race for it.
This got me thinking about the opportunities out there at the moment to do something. Not for me or us, not to race to do something selfish, but to take action and do something selfless, that will help others. I’ve just celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight and am excited to be part of a campaign for my town to be a Fairtrade town. It’s Compassion Sunday soon, not to mention Christian Aid week. These are all good examples of opportunities to seize, to take hold and say “Mine”, as in “I’m going to take this moment to do something good for someone else.”
In the Bible Micah 6:8 says: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?
What good thing will you do for someone else today?