The other day I had a flashback. I was sitting in my mother’s rust colored Volvo station wagon in the drop off line at school. A familiar tune was playing on the 8 track.
Do you remember those things?
“If you’re gonna play the game, boy,
You gotta learn to play it right.
You got to know when to hold ’em,
Know when to fold ’em,
Know when to walk away,
And know when to run.
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealing’s done…”
Talk about an analogy for life: sometimes we need to decide if it’s time to “fold em” and walk away, or literally “run” from a situation. That requires discernment and wisdom.
In the game of Poker, a gambler’s experience determines the type of player he or she will be. The goal is to develop the ability to recognize opportune times to make one’s move.
In the game of life, there seems to be 3 key factors one must be able to recognize in order to take advantage (for lack of a better word) of an opportunity.
First, the timing of a situation must be perfect.
When we were contemplating our move to Texas, the housing market in our town had changed dramatically. We knew if we listed our home, we would sell quickly and most likely above our asking price, based on what we were observing. That is exactly what happened! The quick sale of our Chico home enabled us to purchase our Texas home!
Second, you must be willing to make sacrifices!
Careful consideration went into our decision to move to Texas. We knew that we would be leaving loved ones behind. We would be leaving the security of what we knew: our jobs, our way of life, etc. We had to weigh it all in order to determine if it was worth making the sacrifice to start a new life in Texas.
Third, you must have faith it will all work out.
In regards to our move, that is yet to be seen. So far, details SEEM to be coming together. Our Chico home sold, we bought our Texas home, and Billy had received a verbal offer of employment. That is what we had when we moved. Only this week, did Billy sign a contract with his new employer. And, my employment is yet to be determined. Even still, we are trusting that God has led our family to Texas, and that He is working everything out in His timing.
When it comes to opportunity, it is truly in the eye of the beholder. We know that others may not follow our suit to make a move. That’s okay. Everyone must decide what they want their life to be like. Maybe one of the best questions one can ask is…
Could you live in your current situation indefinitely and be satisfied?
If not, you may need to determine to “fold ‘em walk away,” or “run.”