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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: Thoughts From The Peanut Gallery
By Marilyn Schnepp


Contrary to what you've been taught, heard or gleaned during your short time on earth - Life is not "Just a bowl of cherries" as the songwriter so eloquently wrote in a popular song some years ago; in fact life is sometimes filled with nothing but The Pits.... as in rejection, adversity, detours, mishaps, heartaches, disappointment and tragic loss just to name a few.

If you've been around a few years like I have, I'm sure this isn't any breaking Front Page news for you; but guess what? Nowadays they're coming up with a new myth about life, referring to Life as a game. Can you believe it? A game!

I hate to burst their bubble, but Life Is Not a game. It is a gift!

Who in their right mind believes that God would take the time and effort to create a beautiful paradise on a small planet called Earth, and then turn that perfect work of art into a Monopoly game or Chess Board, using Man, whom He created in His own image, as pawns? For what purpose? Heavenly entertainment? Spectator sports for the Universe?

Sorry, folks, I don't buy that!

No dice was thrown to see how many steps Jesus had to take to struggle up that hill to Calvary. No card was drawn to see which Roman Guard would win the raffle of His clothes. Nobody threw the dice to see how many nails they needed to nail Him to the cross? And which player threw the lucky number to pierce His side?

No, my friend, Life is not a Monopoly, Chess or Scrabble game...God breathes the breath of Life into every man, woman and childs' nostrils and we become a living, breathing soul.

That is the whole reason why Jesus, the Son of God, traded Heaven for all these earthly things down here - because He loved us so much He died for us. Otherwise God would not have let Him go. No, Life is not just a game - it's a gift!

In the game of Chess it takes strategy; Monopoly, financial know-how; Scrabble, dictionary smarts; and Poker is just luck.. And IF there were such thing as a Game of Life - it would take only a smidgeon of faith the size of a mustard seed to win.

In the game of Monopoly, there is a card that says "Go Directly To Jail. Do not Pass Go. Do not collect $200." However, Jesus tells us in the Holy Scriptures to "Love me and Keep My Commandments, and You Will Inherit Eternal Life."....and that, my friend, is not a game - but a promise and a wonderful Gift from God.

I rest my case.

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Allison Egley 09/20/08
I liked this. You're right. Life is much more than a game. Great tie-ins to games, though. I almost wonder if maybe life IS like a bowl of cherries? I mean, cherries have pits just like life. And some of the cherries may be rotten. ;) Great job overall.
M. R. Davenport09/21/08
Interesting thoughts. Life is truly NOT a game. However, there is a board game called The Game of Life. It has little to do with reality, but is a good diversion like the other games you mentioned.
Sunny Loomis 09/22/08
Life is anything but a game. Well told story. Thanks for the thoughts.
Fiona Dorothy Stevenson09/23/08
Dear 'Peanut Gallery', thank you for your challenge. I agre that 'life is not just a game - it is a gift'. But it does need a certain strategy - if we are to recognize and avoid the pitfalls and temptations. We need financial know-how, integrity before the Lord. And we need certain 'dictionary smarts' to avoid the common accusations made today that "the Bible doesn't mean that". Paul does make the comparison of life with a race, and it is an ineresting allegory. Just a small tip - watch your use of capitals. God bless you.