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Monopoly Anyone?

December 28, 2011

     You’re playing Monopoly.  As you head around the board you are landing on great available property.  You are purchasing choice pieces of real-estate and even land on free parking and snatch up a bundle of cash to continue your domination of the game.  Then it happens.  You land on the dreaded, “Go to Jail.”  There is no passing GO and you do not collect $200.  Now you have 2 options, wait 3 turns and hope to roll doubles or pay the $50 and get out now.  Hmmm, what to do.

     Life can easily be compared to a game of Monopoly.  Recently for me I was having a great game, so much so that I knew to pray against an attack.  When we’re doing well, it is the enemy who loves to throw the “Go Directly to Jail” card at you.

     Well, I landed on that dreaded spot.  Dear friends, I must confess I did not do so well.  Have you ever had a “tissy fit” when you land on that spot?  I did waste some valuable time wallowing in self pity.  I did resort back to behaviors I had not visited in years and for a period of time I allowed the enemy access into my heart and mind to taunt me and lie to me.

     Here is the good news.  I took my three lost turns to overcome.  I do not want to wallow in jail.  OK, the enemy got a foot in my door.  Issues I thought were long gone resurfaced.  What do I do now?  Jesus is the only place we can go.  Too bad Monopoly does not have a time out with Jesus space or a humble yourself space because that is where we often need to be.

     We may stumble.  Stumble, heck we may fall flat on our faces, but we only Lose IF we don’t get back up with some growth.  Growth may be in the form of wisdom, it could be in the form of a good healthy dose of humility or forgiveness.  But staying in a state of sorrow that it happened, only benefits the enemy.

     “Humble yourself and He will lift you up.”  Humility is a hard pill to swallow.  Laying down our rights and what we feel is truly owed to us is something we hold on to for dear life.  Our pride and our rights are a bone in a vicious dog’s mouth.  No one had better attempt to pull that out of that vicious dog’s mouth.

     Spit it out.  When you spit it out as opposed to having it yanked from your clenched jaws, Jesus takes your hand and lifts you up.  He takes you out of the prison that the enemy has stuck you in.  I’ll let you know that the enemy is not the only one who throws us in jail.  Sometimes we just do it to ourselves. 

     So, where are you in the game?  If you are zooming around the board, winning like crazy; be cautious.  If you are sitting in jail, don’t wallow.  Submission is the key to winning.  The enemy cannot beat humility and forgiveness.  They are your “get out of jail free” cards.

     Just remember, you only lose the game if you stay in jail or quit the game.  Don’t give up.  In your trial and struggle stop fighting God.  In your hurt and offence don’t fight for your rights.  The sooner you stop fighting the sooner you get out of jail a new and improved player of the game.

     The new year is just around the corner.  It is time for a new game.  Monopoly anyone?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Rebecca. A permalink
    December 28, 2011 11:02 am

    this is very good Debbie! Thanks for sharing! It’s what I needed to hear today! 🙂

  2. Noah permalink
    December 28, 2011 1:33 pm

    I’ll play 😀 But that is for sure a tough pill to swallow sometimes ;P I’ll be sure to remember this, Debbie 🙂

  3. Bobbi permalink
    December 28, 2011 1:46 pm

    Love this blog! Thank you for the reminder!

  4. Lucy permalink
    December 28, 2011 3:08 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. This last month has been the celebration after a long hard jail time in our lives…at our age I realized I’ll be back in jail, and I appreciate the reminders of what that “jailtime” can and should be. Convicting, but GOOD. I hope our kids “get” this.

  5. Diana permalink
    December 28, 2011 3:48 pm

    I needed this today!!

  6. Carol Kortebein permalink
    December 28, 2011 11:26 pm

    Wow, that’s deep – ouch 🙂

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