Playing The Hand You Have Been Dealt By God

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At times, life can seem like a fixed card game. To your right is a neighbor who is holding pocket aces. Their family is like a Norman Rockwell painting, and they never seem to struggle. You, on the other hand? Your family is more like a Annoying Ratchet Reality TV Show {Keeping Up With, The Real, Flavor of Love, for someone else Wives while listing to Hip-Hop in New York, Atlanta, New Jersey or South Dakota} than a Rockwell painting. You look at your cards, and you feel like you’ve been dealt a crummy hand.

Wouldn’t it be nice to throw your bad cards away, and reshuffle the deck? It could be that the teenage years are throwing your home into a tailspin, and you’re tempted to just walk away. Or perhaps raising your child has been a battle, and you’re thinking about waving the white flag and giving up. I get it. Life is not fair. Sometimes the family members God has placed in our lives aren’t the folks we would have chosen ourselves. Why is it your kid who has the issues? Why is your family the one going through so many struggles?

Wouldn’t it be nice to throw your bad cards away, and reshuffle the deck? It could be that the teenage years are throwing your home into a tailspin, and you’re tempted to just walk away. Or perhaps raising your child has been a battle, and you’re thinking about waving the white flag and giving up. I get it. Life is not fair. Sometimes the family members God has placed in our lives aren’t the folks we would have chosen ourselves. Why is it your kid who has the issues? Why is your family the one going through so many struggles? Let me give you some encouragement. Though we cannot throw in our cards and reshuffle the deck, it’s possible to take what’s been handed to us and turn it into something beautiful, meaningful, and full of blessing. C.S. Lewis once said, “I don’t doubt God’s desire to want the best for us—I just wonder how painful it’s going to be!”

However, life’s unfairness doesn’t give us the right to give up. You have to play the hand that you’re dealt. And if you play it well, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. Consider two of our presidents: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Both grew up with single, hard-working mothers. Neither had the ideal “Leave It To Beaver” two-parent style upbringing. Yet, that didn’t stop them. And whether you agree with their politics or not, it is undeniable that they didn’t allow their childhood circumstances to limit them {Hebrews 6:10}.

What I’ve learned is that if you simply use what God has given you, no matter how meagre “YOU THINK IT IS”, He will take your efforts and multiply them exponentially. For example, anything that I’ve accomplished in my life has started with God giving me a tiny talent. I then used that talent and worked hard. And God took my tiny talent and my hard work and did something wonderful with it. That is how I got into finance. I had some brains, I added to that a ton of work, and then God ran with it!  Doing the best you can with the hand you’ve been dealt is always your best way out of where you are. If you are bitter because of the hand you’ve been dealt or you find yourself blaming others, it’s time to make a decision. You have to decide that regardless of the hand I’ve been dealt, I’m going to make something great of my life!

As Christians, we have an even better advantage. We have the opportunity to trust God with the hand we’ve been dealt. If you’ve been dealt a bad hand {now is it truly a bad had?}, it’s a perfect opportunity for God to do something incredible with it! Learn to trust God to bless the hand you’ve been dealt while you do the best you can with it. You can’t control the cards you’re dealt, but you can decide what you’re going to do with them {Isaiah 41:10}. Life’s unfairness does not hold us back. You can get frustrated & hold yourselves back? Or use what God gives everyone, a seed(s) of talent. Some people get bigger seeds, and some people get smaller ones. It really doesn’t matter what size of seed you’ve been given. It only matters what you do with it.

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

The key to life is playing the hand you are dealt, and not being distracted by whatever cards are in someone else’s hand. This week consider what hand you have been dealt. What are you doing with the talents and opportunities that God has given you? Are you making the most of them? God has given all of us something to work with. Don’t worry if others have been given more than you. That is OK. Just take what you’ve been given, work hard with it, and then let God turn your talents and hard work into something AMAZING.

Inspired by AR_Foundation & Jawaharlal Nehru

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    This is Awesome!

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