Good morning!

It’s freezing out. Literally. It’s rained and sleeted and snowed for the past several days. School’s out for Christmas break. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be another inside day. A great day to fire up the fireplace, turn on some movies, and get out the game boards.

One of my favorite games to play is Pente. It means five. Five in a row or capture 5 pairs of your opponents stones, and you are the winner. Many of you may be unfamiliar with it. If you went to college in the late 70s,  early 80s, you probably played it. It was the campus rage. If you went to OSU that is.

In 1977, Gary Gabrel, a dishwasher at Hideaway Pizza, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, created it. It was the perfect pastime for customers to play on the checkerboard tablecloths as they waited for their Hideaway pizza.


I bought one the year it came out on campus and still have it.

With schools out, now is the perfect time to challenge your minds to a game of strategy. A game of Pente. If you don’t have one of your own, you can borrow mine. Or head to Hideaway for pizza. I’m sure they still have those checkerboard tablecloths.  🙂 You might want to bring your own mandala stones to play with though. If you’re not in Stillwater and it’s no longer the 80s they may not have a clue what you’re talking about.

When’s the last time you exerted a little self-control while performing a healthy mental competition with someone?

Let’s all set our sights on winning not just a friendly round of Pente, but a prize that offers us greater reward.  Eternal reward. Let’s press on towards becoming victorious in the game of life. The greatest strategy game ever. Good vs. evil. The winner has already been determined. 

I pray you join me in supporting the winning side!

Stay warm, take “five”and get out your games, have some good wholesome fun, and may the best man (or woman) win!

Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away. 
1 Corinthians 9:25

Love and laughter,



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