Gambling has never held much appeal for me. I will be honest and confess that I certainly have visited Vegas and pulled a few slot handles (or pushed buttons now), played some blackjack and thrown dice in the spirit of entertainment.
But because I hate to lose and I value my money, it’s never long before I find the stores to window-shop or just people-watch.
There is a term in poker that I love: “all in.” This refers to a point in betting in which a player wants to continue but doesn’t have the full amount to match the bet. He pushes all his chips forward, betting everything he has. If he wins, he will be paid accordingly. If he loses, he’s out of the game and leaves the table. Buh-bye now!
It occurred to me that many of us handle our faith like a poker game. We sit at the table as one who is actively invested, but we hold back a little in case this isn’t really a winning hand.
Some of us give a small percentage – others a majority of our lives – to God. But if we hold back even one tiny portion, we aren’t fully committed. We don’t fully believe.
The Bible says we are to give our time, treasures and talent to serving God. This doesn’t mean every waking minute or every cent of our paychecks, but it means these things have to fit into the equation of how we invest.
Have you checked those things lately? How much time do you spend mentoring a fatherless child or serving at a homeless shelter? If you are a talented cook, do you prepare food for those in need or teach younger women how to improve? Are you giving generously…
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