It’s Friday with Kate and the Five Minute Friday gang. This is when Kate gives a word prompt and we write for 5 minutes on the same word, link up and share together. I’ve you’d like to join us, click here. Our word prompt today: PASS
When Dave and I were first married, his family introduced me to a fantastic game called Rook. It’s a game of chance, skill and a whole lot of playing your cards right. They are still patient with me as I fumble through playing with these experts on the game. I do a lot of “pass” when the cards are dealt. ( A risk taker I am not.) I like placing a bid when I’m pretty sure I can take the hand and I don’t like to leave a lot of things to chance.
But sometimes I must start the bid so I play it safe with a low bid of 100 because surely someone else will bid higher. But others all pass and I’m stuck holding the bid.
“Come on!!!” I blurt out, “I’ve got nothing.”
But I’m forced to play with what’s in my hand.
When I play Rook with Dave’s family, I’m playing with experts who have years of experience on me and there are times I still feel like a beginner … even after 21 years. And that little whisper creeps in.
- You don’t know how to play this game.
- You’re going to lose.
- You’re going to bring your partner down.
Wait a minute… I’ve got a partner! That’s right… I don’t play alone.
In Rook, you’ve always got a partner playing with and not against you.
In this game of life, we are sometimes dealt a hand we would rather “pass” on. We’d rather fold and begin again but life pushes us on through and we must play out the circumstances that have been handed to us.
Have you ever been there? Holding a hand you’d rather lay down… pass on to another player… or better yet walk away and choose a different game.
Yet life doesn’t work that way and sometimes we must remain and play through the difficult hand.
It takes courage to face the hand we’ve been dealt. We can shuffle the cards around, rework their order and hope something comes from nothing. But sometimes it’s just in the playing out of the hand that we find we can do more than we thought when we take that chance and begin.
And just like in Rook where we don’t play alone, in life, we’re not playing alone.
We have an expert partner in Christ who has a distinct advantage to all other players. He knows what’s in our hand and how it’s going to play out.
When fear would hold you back and you’d rather pass… be bold, take a risk and lay that first card. You may find you’ve got more potential in your hand than you imagined.
And that Partner of yours… He has a hand to play with yours that can take you over the top for the win.
Happy Friday friends. Have a great weekend!