The Games People Play

I like Trouble and Sorry, Euchre, Dutch Blitz, Uno, chess, checkers, many others. I grew up playing these games. I even like Monopoly even though I am not greedy enough to win, it is still fun. 🙂 But of the many, many games I have played growing up, I never saw such manipulative, selfish, hateful, deceitful games in my life as I have witnessed and that have been forced upon me as an adult. Other adults play these elaborate games, and I to this day see no reward in them other than death and eternal housing in a very hot place. And I think what a liar Satan is, what liars have told us we have to look a certain way, believe and repeat back what they say to be loved or important but the love and importance is not real or permanent and guilt follows and death is the reward for your efforts. These games are in direct opposition to the truth and thus God. God is truth and His message is so simple and pure. Believe and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and be saved and have eternal lasting peace and joy and love. Wow! A breath of fresh air. Light. There is no trick, no deception, no twist or rug pulled out from under you, no broken heart, no regrets, no demands on your appearance just guidelines of modesty and cleanliness, good things that serve us better that promote moral integrity. No games. No games!! I like that so much I live it and you should too. 🙂 I want you happy and game free unless it is one we choose, like rummy with friends. 🙂

Why Board Games are Still Good

My kids and I play board or card games regu!arly still. There are many reasons we do. The first is that it is one big of time without tech where we look at each other (it is good to know what we look like in case we have to give descriptions) and talk out loud. Eye contact can never be underplayed. It is vital to good social connections. And bnoard games are fun. They are a nice break from everything else just to enter a mutually agreed upon world of competition and maybe a little make believe. I mean playing pieces are people, getting to a the finish carrot is important, etc. It is a shared time and place and experience. Thirdly, it teaches kids that someone always wins. In life nowadays where every kid gets a trophy and everyone is a winner is the stupidest thing on earth. I lived in the corporate world for a while and in medicine and in life and someone always is the winner and you lose a lot. And that is a good thing because there is nobility in being happy for someone else’s success and motivating you to maybe go for the gold next time. Also, you sincerely learn more from losing. Maybe you learn you don’t like it, maybe that there are things you could do differently, maybe humility, maybe that participation has its own rewards, whatever. Board games build relationships and fosters connections in a fun way. Worth stopping what you are doing for a bit and invest in each other.

Distraction Destruction 

It is distracting nowadays. There is always a new thing, always more to do, new tech to fixate on, things to join, porn pushing in from every media source, drugs available, selfishness running rampant, people pushing you toward their agendas, new messes in society, car trouble, horrid news brought to the front we suddenly have to add to our concerns, people we love sick or dropping off the planet, family and step family concerns, running here and there, errands, cleaning, baseball practice, piano lessons, on and on and on. I am not unaware of the variety of distractions in life. It reads like a menu! And on top of it all, whispering quietly above all the screaming condition and chaos is God telling us oh so gently to cast all your concerns on Him. So I grab each busy important thing and hurl it at Him. You want it? You got it. In my mind in prayer I throw each thing one by one up to Him. And an amazing thing happens. What is left before me is a manageable load, a family to care for, a house to run, school, church band, oldies band. Bam! I can handle these things. The rest are gone for a while. And when they creep back in, I know what to do.  Back on my knees in prayer I go. I simplify. This works because God is enormous and happens to be my Heavenly Father who loves me and said he to help. So I am thankful for the distraction destruction He provides and He is glad I obeyed. Win win! Praise God for His care!!!!

The Search for Clarity

I am a truth seeker. There is little of lies I can tolerate. I cannot even tell myself them. This has been a steady practice since seeing the destruction that results from lies. Of course, these ideals are better understood than practiced. It is very difficult to always speak truth in a world encrypted in lies. It is difficult to always speak truth when it hurts people. It is difficult to always speak truth when it hurts me. I do not try to lie. I detest the practice of it. I detest being lied to. I prefer to be hurt than lied to and be mature enough to give me the option of an appropriate response and give me the faith to agree that I am mature and wise enough to not make the wrong decision. So, in an ideal world truth would about and prosper and be easily attained. As this world is not ideal, the best we can get is clarity for the situation. And what if that is not forth coming? What if clarity is not an option either? And as I contemplated these things, I realized that the owner of the information that may be most helpful has the right to withhold the giving of such information. And the owner may have excellent reasons for doing so or may be a liar. And which is which ironically is only ascertained by the truth. And in place of an explanation or clarification, my overly active brain will commence filling in the blanks with what truths are known and my own experiences. And those experiences may be positive and give the benefit of the doubt or they may be negative and ugly and insert negative and ugly scenarios in place of the clarity that is withheld. The lack of faith in not sharing the information from the owner of it also in of itself serves to cast a negativity that is difficult to overcome because why the information is withheld is added to the mix of missing information and thus is left to interpretation or misinterpretation, again based on experience. So, if a person is wounded and clarity is not provided, the wounded soul will see the missing pieces in a harmful light. And once that sad story has become believed, only and much truth can recover this belief. Unless clarified, the lie or misinterpretation will persist and life will be clouded and murky and confusing and cause sleeplessness and mistrust that threatens intimacy and sharing. So when clarity and truth sharing is your option, be courageous and bold and share it and it may prevent many misinterpretations and evils forming in overly active minds. And if the truth would hurt, it is better to hurt now than later. And if the truth would heal, why would you withold that healing? So, here is my focus of the minute and I wonder how many are in the same boat, seeking clarification and truth. I believe firmly in the power of truth as God is good and truth so truth is good. I long for the truth. One cannot make a good decision based upon a lie or a misconception of your own invention. It is frustrating to need answers and not receive them. The real danger would be when I have given up searching for the clarifications/truth, for then I have given up. How do you have faith in someone who has no faith in you? Truth begats truth. Otherwise, you have manipulations and games, so prevalent in our world. To get deeper, one must give trust and truth in full measure.

The Games People Play

I grew up enjoying board games and card games with my family. Every family get together involved lots of playing games. Love them. However, I am not talking about those kind of games, not Euchre, not Uno, not Sorry. No, unfortunately when people grow up they play games of different sorts. These games are usually somewhere between knee deep and chin deep with pride and ego. Many wounded people want to feel important, be right, prove they are worth more, are determined to lift up their importance at the unfortunate cost of anyone else’s importance. Pride makes most everyone do what they do with these games people play. There are games of “I matter” or “I have been hurt so I’m going to hurt someone else” or “I deserve better treatment than this other person”. These games delude the player and the player believes firmly that their intentions are pure or honorable or, scariest of all, Godly. And that only makes them sleep better at night but is not any closer to the truth of the matter than that one person’s importance being greater than another. It simply is not true. Every person is created equally and importantly and lovingly. No one deserves more than anyone else. This truth is being distorted in our world. Marketing agencies and the businesses that employ them are raking in profit sowing this false concept to boost egos, exploit your pride and use that to get you to spend money on their stuff to validate that perceived importance. People in power firmly believe their decisions and lives and luxury are more important than other people’s. And the truth is that the servant is greater than the served because they get it. Being humble is the key to life because those who are humble have the ear of the Almighty Creator God. Those who believe their importance rivals such a holy, powerful Being are in constant danger of being reminded of their place by the only One of limitless power, Master of the Universe. So games rooted in pride will never win, despite the lie you bought into to justify this stupidity. Games are not fun unless everyone wants to play and has fun and knows the rules. Beware of the games people play and their intentions. And those will come to light in time.