Playing the Hand I’ve Been Dealt


Everyone in life has been dealt a hand to play by God himself. Some have been given better hands than others. Of course I am using a poker term to describe the way life happens. It would be easy for me to question God and scream it’s not fair! I don’t deserve to have to live like this. But guess what I am glad life is not fair, because if it were fair and I got what I deserved, I’d be a lot worse off than I am now.

It’s all about perspective. What’s yours? Do you look at life and think you have been given a bum deal or do you think to yourself, you are doing better than you actually should be? If it is the former why do you think you deserve better? What have you actually done before God that you would have the audacity to say you deserve anything from Him? In reality what you deserve from Him is a place in Hell and eternal damnation. But guess what, he has given us a way out. The way out is through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ; as long as you believe what the Bible teaches about Jesus. Anything less and hell is your destination.

I struggle to live from day to day because of my chronic illness (fibromyalgia), it causes extreme pain all over my body for me it is more prominent in my back, shoulders and neck. It often feels like someone has taken a knife and cut me over a thousand little cuts, or someone has assaulted me with a baseball bat. Or why with my bad health did I have to have a son with special needs?

I could sit here and wallow in self pity about how unlucky I am, or I can realize how I am blessed to be alive and able to bring glory to Christ despite my situation. It requires a heart focused on Christ, and not on myself or my situation. Things are going to look different for each and everyone of us. Not one person’s situation is the same as another persons. There may be similarities but they are not exact duplicates. For me to play the hand I have been dealt requires me knowing my limits. Knowing them is the easy part it is staying within them which is challenging.

My life is hectic being married with two school aged boys, active in the local church and other ministries, and I’m a full-time student working toward my Masters of Divinity to become a pastor. Life is full of its challenges. But lets not allow those challenges to way us down and make our testimony of Christ of less value, instead let’s make Him more attractive by handling those challenges in a way the world is confused by.

It is by our demeanor the world gets its understanding of who Christ is, because not many of them are going to open a Bible on their own, however, they will read your actions, attitudes and responses to see if it lines up with the God you claim to follow. So look at your surroundings and realize Romans 8:28 still rings true today as much as it did 2,000 years ago. God will use all of life’s situations for our good as long as we love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Don’t fold, don’t quit, keep playing the hand you have been dealt and there is a chance it could come out on top. If you don’t win in this life, know as long as your trust is in Jesus Christ you will win in the life which is to come.

Question: How will you play the hand you’ve been dealt?


  1. annepeterson

    Yes, God does use all the things in our life to weave it into a picture the world sees. And when God said “all,” he meant all. And I’m so glad about that.

    True words, Paul.

    1. pmhorne (Post author)

      Mrs Anne, sorry for not responding sooner. Thank you for the kind words. Romans 8:28 is my life verse, I have to remind myself of it often. I appreciate you taking the time to read my post. THANKS!!


I Would Love to Hear From You

%d bloggers like this: