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Don’t Farkle. Sparkle!

Gene and I got together with a few friends recently for a fish fry dinner and a game. Anthony can catch ‘em, and he knows how to cook ‘em! His friends know how to eat ‘em! Afterwards, with full bellies we proceeded to clear off the table and play a round of Farkle.

Farkle is a game of chance played with six dice (forgive me, Lord), where the rules are simple and the object is clear: Be the first one to reach a score of 10,000 points and try not to farkle! It happens when a player takes a chance and rolls for more points, and it backfires. Farkle! Lots of laughter and ribbing follows!

Rick was having a good night. He was taking chances, rolling the dice, and racking up the points. “Okay, Rick, it’s your turn. Now farkle!” His reply? “I don’t farkle. I sparkle!” I love it! He went on to win the game.

As a child, sparklers were my personal favorite at our July 4th and New Year’s Day celebrations. A sparkler can split the darkest night with its bright moving points of light. I had to be careful though and make sure I lit another sparkler before mine went out.

Here’s my thought: Don’t take a chance on your salvation. Know you’re saved and on your way to heaven, and then share your light with others. One sparkler lights another, then another, then another. Don’t farkle. Sparkle!

Surely there are fish fries, fun, and laughter with friends new and old in heaven!

“Arise, shine, for your light has come” (Isaiah 60:1).
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
“Let your light shine before others” (Matthew 5:16).
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).