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I’m All In!
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“Look Daddy! I’m all in!” yelled my seven-year-old son, from the laundry room. My wife and daughter were away for the weekend and we were spending “man time” as we like to call it (don’t tell my wife, but that basically consists of increased amounts of TV time aka “brain rotting,” no bed-times, really limited personal hygiene and lots of junk food).

As I approached him I was speechless! I had asked my son to pull the clothes out of the washing machine and place them in the dryer (chores still need to be done “man time” or not). So my son, not to be deterred from his lack of height—and in an effort to streamline the process of removing the wet clothes and get back to the aforementioned “brain rotting”had stepped into the washing machine! 

Upon seeing this I loudly barked “NO! NO! NO!” He scrambled out of the washing machine and picked up the clean, wet clothes he had dropped on the floor (again, please don’t share with my wife).

As I left the laundry room, I began to think about how many times I’ve complained about a situation that I’m in; a job situation or person I don’t like, a personal crisis I’m going through—it could be any unpleasant thing that I’m dealing with. It’s easy to focus thoughts on negative things, but the harder thing is to recognize that we aren’t God and we don’t know everything, so we should just say “God, I’m all in!”

Rose-colored Glasses

Now I’m not saying that we should go through life with rose-colored glasses on. The sad reality is that life on this broken-down, sin-scarred planet is, at best, difficult, but you and I don’t have to spend our time focusing on those difficulties.

So, what does that look like in real life? Well, I’m glad you asked. Solomon, the wisest man in the world put all of life into perspective by recognizing that we’re all going to die someday, so in light of this harsh reality, how should we respond ? The Message Bible puts it like this: “Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it . . .” (Ecclesiastes 9:9, 10).

While Solomon says that we should “live it up down here!” he’s not advocating spending your life going from one party to another or choosing never to have a job--spending the rest of your days in some perpetual vacation. No! But what he is saying is that it’s important—and okay—to enjoy and even take pleasure in your life. He reminds us that we should recognize that each day is truly a gift from God.

So whatever worthy choices you make in your life, go all in! Just don’t do it with any major appliances—I’m pretty sure that’ll void the warranty.

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