This is the cover story of yesterday’s Sunday edition of the Tulsa World newspaper. An article on gambling addiction.
I get it. Gambling has touched my life. I’ve lived through the devastation it can cause. Second hand.
What really gets me is immediately following the article, at the bottom of the page, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is advertising you can win 100,000 in cold hard cash Saturdays in January!
And you wonder why there just might be a few lost souls walking around our fair city with a gambling problem?
Who proofed the Sunday paper this week anyway?
Very inappropriate advertising on the same page as an article against gambling if you ask me.
But they didn’t. 😦
I thought about writing a letter to the editor.
But I didn’t.
Instead I wrote this blog.
Whether it’s the lottery or the casino, the thrill of striking it big is always out there enticing us to get rich quick. But there is a price to pay for such pipe dreams. Such illusory or fantastic plans. You may win. One time. Enough to reel you in. Until you need your next fix. But you oftentimes lose your soul in the game. As the article states, it’s not just a game.
When you notice the casinos constructing additional square footage to their properties, it’s a sure sign they are not the ones losing. You are. The gamblers.
Let’s stop taking a gamble with our lives. Let’s let the chips fall where they may. Let’s accept where God wants us to be content. Let’s stop wasting our valuable time and resources throwing away our finances, our marriages, our families, and our precious lives.
God wants us to invest of ourselves. Little by little. In His kingdom not the fleeting riches of this world. Let’s invest in eternity, that’s where the true treasures lie. And that’s not just a game.
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
Love and laughter,