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Trump Beats Everything

by on June 17, 2014

For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

1 Thessalonians 2.19-20

The evening of Father’s Day was also family game night.  The game was Euchre, the teams were guys against the girls, and what was at stake were bragging rights; at least, until the next time we played.  We enjoy the game and we enjoy the time together to play and to talk and snack and enjoy ourselves. 

Euchre is a simple card game that uses suits and rankings, and players work with their partner to win as many “tricks” as they can in order to accumulate points.  The rules are pretty simple.  Ten points wins the game.  You can steal the deal from an unsuspecting opponent.  The only cards used are the aces (high) through nine’s (low).  You need to follow suit.  Trump beats anything.  The two highest ranked cards are the jacks of whichever color is trump, otherwise all cards follow the normal ranking.

The guys weren’t too happy to lose, especially to an incredible, come-from-behind victory by the girls.  While it is easy to complain about the cards we were dealt, our own skill level and strategy played a part, to some degree, in our downfall.  We played the wrong cards.  We called up the wrong suit for trump.  Remember?  Trump beats anything.

Playing Euchre is something we all enjoy as a family.  Losing at Euchre doesn’t make the guys too happy  And just as one card can trump another in Euchre, enjoy trumps happy every time.  Or, more simply:  Joy trumps Happy.  Every time.

When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians and told them, “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?  Indeed, you are our glory and joy” (1 Thess. 2:19-20), he is giving them the bottom line of joy.  The ministry to the Thessalonians was a road of hardship and opposition, difficulty and persecution.  Not happy times.

Joy trumps both happiness and unhappiness, as it should:  It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, one of the Fruit which blossoms within us when we first believe, germinates as we grow in Christ, and grows and ripens as we mature in our walk.  Joy works in tandem with love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to produce life changing results in us and through us, that we might affect others with it. 

No matter what cards you have been dealt, pray for the wisdom to have skill and strategy to trump all things with the joy of the Lord.  Trump beats everything.

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