How to Win at the Game of Life

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Life has been called a game. A game has winners and losers. Games can be played over and over, but life cannot. So, since we have only one chance at this game called life, how can we be sure we win the game?

Interestingly, the Bible provides solid, surefire instructions for how to win at the game called Life. Here are a few of them:

winner icon design, vector illustration eps10 graphic1-Let love be your greatest aim (1 Corinthians 14: 1). God is love, and we are the most like Him when we love. To love means to treat others as we want to be treated. It does not mean to condone sin. True love always loves the sinner but hates the sin. Love puts the good of the loved one above one’s own needs and desires. Love never fails.

2-Always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4: 15). Truth and love are two sides of the same coin.  If we say we love but do not speak the truth to the one we love, then we really do not love that person. To love without truth is not to love at all. To speak the truth without love is to be nothing more than a clanging cymbal.

3-Trust in the Lord more than you trust in yourself (Proverbs 3: 5). The Lord knows the beginning from the end. He sees the entire picture. We do not. So it makes sense to trust God more than we trust ourselves.

4-Practice contentment no matter the situation (Philippians 4: 11). We all go through good times and bad. One way to win at life is to be content no matter in what situation we find ourselves. Contentment fosters peace, and peace contributes to our wholeness.

5-Develop an attitude of gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5: 18). It’s not the problems we face in life that get us down; it’s how we perceive those problems. When we give thanks in the midst of every trial – not FOR every trial, but IN THE MIDST OF every trial – we assume a winning posture in life. To complain is to act like a victim. To give thanks is to act like a victor.

If you apply these five simple strategies to the way you live, you will find yourself winning instead of losing at this wonderful game called Life.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: What Scriptural principles have you applied to win at the game of life? Please share your thoughts in the box below. We value them!

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