Oh the fun of scratch offs – which you know are rip offs – but fun anyway to play to dream to puzzle and oh to win… even if it is only a dollar to get another ticket…
I don’t over indulge and too many do in a “get rich quick” dream obsession, but a scratch off sitting in the trash can next to the ATM really caught my eye – it was not scratched off. It had the QR code scratched only – what weird waste of the fun part of the scratch off games…. what a waste of not money but the “not time” devoted to fun… hmmm…. i grabbed it and took a photo and yeah i scratched it – only 4 8’s where 5 were needed to win… yeah i confirmed that scratch offs are likely to not pay off… but what is the point of buying and not scratching… Hmmmm…
That got me thinking – what is the point of faith without works – and works without faith…. IT IS FAITH that helps put us with the works that God asks us to do – like give a hug, a helpful hand, a haul of stuff, a holding of a hand of hurt, and a huffah of a laugh whole heartedly… Don’t grab your salvation without scratching the surface of servanthood – or even some of the suffering… Don’t scratch minimally and run…. Savor the Scratch of the Surface of the Savior’s Style… Be Present.
I gave my mom scratch off tickets for her birthday – she is a leprechaun – even if not irish – she celebrates the irish… she IS lucky and she IS blessed… she does win thing – but these scratch offs that I gave her for her birthday are just for fun – i collected via my friends from 11 different states – cool huh? just for unique fun… does it matter if she makes cash? not really – because we already won fun.
Does it matter if we scratch the surface of our faith more deeply – OH YEAH!!!! It Matters!
Be the blessed of the lucky today – and take God’s advice – BE HIS…
The Lord detests dishonest scales,
but accurate weights find favor with him.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
Hopes placed in mortals die with them;
all the promise of[a] their power comes to nothing.
The righteous person is rescued from trouble,
and it falls on the wicked instead.
With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,
but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
For lack of guidance a nation falls,
but victory is won through many advisers.
Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,
but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
A kindhearted woman gains honor,
but ruthless men gain only wealth.
Those who are kind benefit themselves,
but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
Truly the righteous attain life,
but whoever pursues evil finds death.
The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,
but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
People curse the one who hoards grain,
but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
Whoever seeks good finds favor,
but evil comes to one who searches for it.
Those who trust in their riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and the one who is wise saves lives.
If the righteous receive their due on earth,
how much more the ungodly and the sinner!