Ever Thought Of…BINGO and Life!

I remember when I was coaching football, we would have to work fundraisers for the league.  Every Saturday night we would rotate working down at the bingo hall.  I remember that I really didn’t like going there because the room was filled with smoke and I could barely breathe.

It was real funny to watch how intense the people got towards the end of the game.  The anticipation was crazy…and all of a sudden you would hear “BINGO!”  There would be a big sigh that traveled through the room, a few moments of chatter and boom…the next game would start.

Have you ever thought of Bingo and Life?  I mean in some ways they are very similar. In bingo your given a card filled with numbers and you are given a dabber to cover the numbers when you hear them called.  The key is to listen to the caller so you won’t miss your number.  Once you have completed a row ‘BINGO” the game is over.  But your not the only one with a card, the whole room is filled with people that have cards too. No two cards are the same but everyone is hoping to win.  If someone gets bingo before you, they win the prize and the process starts all over again.

You can go to bingo every night for years and never win, but someday when you least expect it “BINGO!” you win.

This reminds me of something that I read;


You made my life short, so brief that the time means nothing to you.    “Human life is but a breath, Psalm 39:5

We disappear like a breath; we last no longer than a faint shadow.

Psalm 144:4

You see, like the Bingo game we don’t know when our number is going to be called, the game can end at anytime.  You can be sitting with someone and in an instant “BINGO” game over, there number is called. One minute they’re playing the game just like you and the next moment they are going up to receive their due.

In life we are given a plan (like the bingo card) and in that plan there’s a journey filled with instructions from the caller (God).  Like in bingo we must hear the instructions of the caller so we can have an opportunity to complete the card. God gives us work to do while we are here on earth and we must hear his instructions so we can know what to do.  And we never know when God will call us to receive our due.

You see at some point the games over and hopefully by that time we can say;

I have brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you gave me to do. John 17:4

Every day we live gives us less time to live… so what are we going to do with it?

Just a thought…

Are You Ready For Some Football?

I remember sitting on my couch watching as the ball passed through the goal post.

Suddenly it got real quiet in my house. Let’s rewind…when I was about three years old my grandfather used to get me up every Sunday morning. He would go into the kitchen and get a cup of coffee, then he would prop me up onto his lap and we would watch football. My grandfather was an awesome man, he was the only real male role model that I had growing up. I remember sipping coffee with him (that explains my 5 cup a day habit now). As the years passed by I would always like the team in the purple…little did I know then, how much pain they would cause me later.

My grandfather was a big Raiders fan and if you haven’t guessed it by now I am a huge Vikings fan. When the Raiders and the Vikings met in the Superbowl I lost a whole dollar to my grand father. Yea, those were good times. You see football and sports have always been a big  apart of my life.

Back to my opening statement…so the ball passes through the goal posts and just like that the season is over. Once again my Vikings have failed me, they gave me a great season but they just couldn’t finish strong. I am so glad that God isn’t like the Vikings. You see God would never fail me, as a matter of fact here’s a quick story of his faithfulness.

In 1997 my grandfather was dying. I was newly married and just recently accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  As far as I ever knew, my grandfather wasn’t a spiritual man, I don’t ever recall him telling me about God or making God a priority in his life.  But that day when we were in his hospital room, I asked him;

Donald, have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?  He replied…Well sure I have Chico. Those were the greatest words I have ever heard him speak.

You see,  God never quits, He’s always working to bring us back to Him.

So as another football season begins I am prepared for Brett Favre and the Vikings to break my heart, but who knows maybe this is the year that they too, will finish strong.

Ever Thought Of… Good Things During Bad Times?

How often do we focus on only the bad stuff and in doing so we miss the good stuff?

Imagine if you were in the most beautiful place you could think of. I mean the greatest place ever. A place that was completely free from anything that was bad.

Would you ever want to leave that place? Or would you stay there forever?
Well Jesus was in that place and he chose to leave it and come to the worst place he could imagine a place of filth and greed, a place of sickness and sorrow, a place of death. Jesus saw the good in the mist of all the bad. He knew that if he came down we would one day be able to go to that perfect place with him.

Jesus wasn’t looking at himself he was looking at us.
Remember when your going through those tough times look for the good in the bad. And always remember that Jesus is with you.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Just A Thought…