It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how….Oh, never mind, you win.

My sister-in-law Pam, acts as the entertainment adviser in our family.  At each family get together she figures out what games we will be playing.  There is always a game involved.  Not a casual, “play if you want to play” type thing, but a “mandatory family participation” game.  At Summer picnics, she arranges tournaments of croquet, bean bags or water balloon toss, at Christmas, there may be an indoor putting tournament or a dress the head of the family like a Christmas Tree contest (My husband won as last years’ entry.)  It is always something…and this past Thanksgiving was no exception.

On Thanksgiving, Pam came with the stuffing, beverages & salads for dinner and tons of supplies for a “minute to win it” competition that would follow dinner.  We had cans and paper plates to make a tower, Lampshades on fishing poles that you had to put on your head while blindfolded, Ding Dong cupcakes to stack on your forehead & puzzles made out of cereal boxes to name a few (YES, I said a few…this list isn’t comprehensive!)  She takes her gaming very seriously.  We divided into two teams and began the competition.  Each challenge was worth 5 points….until Pam realized that our team won three in a row and had 15 points at which point she announced the next challenge would be worth 15 points.  We won that one too, so yes, you guessed it, the next challenge was worth 30 points.  The opposing team won that one making the score a tie.  Pam carefully rigs the games to make everyone win.  We laugh at her creativity to try to humor us into thinking this is a competition when in reality, she wants everyone to win.  And, of course, we all do because of the laughs and the teasing involved in playing the games to begin with.  No matter how bad we play, we end up winners.

 1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.          —  1 Tim 2:1-4

Jesus is the same way.  As the scripture says, he wants us all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  He’ll keep evening up the score until we win.  He doesn’t want anyone to lose and he’ll keep “playing the game” until we all are saved.  What comfort there is in knowing that!

I look forward to seeing what games Pam has prepared for us this year and I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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