Monopoly Mega — a game of high priced rent, extravagant skyscrapers, elaborate property trades and my rollercoaster of emotions. A few days ago, it was a family game night, and the game of choice was the longest game possible. Throughout the entire night, I was up, and I was down. I would buy properties, earn rent and then mortgage them to pay someone else. I would buy skyscrapers, then dismantle them into measly houses to pay fees. I would say I hated this game, but three seconds later I would recant and say, “What I really meant is that I love this game.” I real life had to turn on the fan because I was hot with anxiety and faulty emotions. As night hours crept into morning hours, and the game came to an end, I earned the victory!
My underarms stopped tingling. The butterflies in my stomach stopped dancing. The sweat dried from my brow. I was victorious but exhausted. The more I thought about how my emotions kept taking me on this whirlwind journey, during a mere game, the more I realized this must be how I show up in my daily life.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 KJV)
If I would have known before I started playing, the chances of winning were 100%, there is no way my body would have gone through that many ups and downs. I would have been as calm, cool and collected as a frog on a lily pad. But, when I act like I don’t have the victory in every situation life throws at me, my emotions take over. I can’t enjoy the victory because I’m exhausted over fighting an emotional battle I was never intended to fight in the first place.
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14 NIV)
We have the victory. No matter what it looks like, there is a 100% chance of winning every current battle and every battle to come. Jesus defeated the devil for us, so now all we have is win in our blood. Yes, we may lose deals, relationships and positions along the way, but that is to be expected on the road to triumph. If it’s easy, is it worth appreciating?