GAMBLING

BETTING YOUR LIFE AWAY


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BETTING YOUR LIFE AWAY

What Is Gambling?

Athletes participate in sporting events and play to win, while spectators watch the play and speculate about who will win. Some spectators place bets on the outcome. The athlete hopes to achieve a reward by winning while the gambler hopes to achieve a reward by picking the winner.

Both winning the race and winning the bet on the race are accompanied by an emotional and chemical high that can be as addictive as any drug-induced high. Likewise, winning can create a compulsion to place bet after bet … perhaps initially lining the pockets, but then ultimately emptying them.

Additionally, whether beating the competitor or beating the odds, the urge to win can take precedence over every relationship, every responsibility, and every resolve of the will. Some are greedy for money, others for fame, and still others...

 

Charlie Hustle

Pete Rose, nicknamed “Charlie Hustle,” delighted baseball fans for decades by slamming balls past dazed outfielders and scoring runs that put him at the top of his game and at the top of his league. He won the National League Batting Title and the Gold Glove Award as an outfielder. He was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, and he was MVP in the World Series. His biggest baseball accomplishment came when the celebrated slugger broke Ty Cobb’s all-time batting record … with hit number 4,193.

In 1989 baseball great Pete Rose was tagged with another title—“gambler”—which left a lingering shadow over his once shining reputation. He should have heeded this biblical warning.… 

“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”

Proverbs 22:3

Although Pete Rose grew up in Cincinnati, a city with a reputation for conservatism, his boyhood neighborhood gave a black eye to that reputation. Bars and nightclubs lined the streets. Inside was an overabundance of roulette wheels, slot machines, and tables filled with blackjack, craps, and poker players. Resembling a mini Las Vegas, bookies were readily available to assist with wagers on horse races … and madams promoting prostitution brashly posted signs for all to see. 

Pete first accompanied his father to the racetrack at age 6, and countless trips back continually fueled his exhilaration for the thrill of the “big win.” For 30 years Pete was a “regular” at the racetrack, with more than a dozen “Pick 6” tickets winning him more than a million dollars.

Pete expanded his gambling experience to wagering on sports, with football and basketball being his favorites. He quickly discovered that the games became more exciting when he played the dual role of both spectator and gambler. But despite some big wins, Pete regretfully admitted there were many more big losses, “and not just money.” Sadly, to gamble is to run the risk of one day saying … 

“Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.”

Job 30:26

What Is Gambling?

Athletes participate in sporting events and play to win, while spectators watch the play and speculate about who will win. Some spectators place bets on the outcome. The athlete hopes to achieve a reward by winning while the gambler hopes to achieve a reward by picking the winner. 

Both winning the race and winning the bet on the race are accompanied by an emotional and chemical high that can be as addictive as any drug-induced high. Likewise, winning can create a compulsion to place bet after bet … perhaps initially lining the pockets, but then ultimately emptying them. 

Additionally, whether beating the competitor or beating the odds, the urge to win can take precedence over every relationship, every responsibility, and every resolve of the will. Some are greedy for money, others for fame, and still others...

Signs of Problem Gambling 

Disinterest in usual activities 

Extreme emotional ups and downs 

Frequent requests for money 

Pawning/selling possessions 

Increasing debt 

Less motivation 

Neglect of loved ones 

 

Poor concentration 

Secret activity with bills and bank statements 

Sleep difficulties 

Stealing or other criminal activities 

Unexplainable times of generosity 

Withdrawal emotionally and socially 

Worry, anxiety, depression, and shame

 


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Grace Filled Words:

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

Luke 12:15

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

Proverbs 21:5

“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance.”

Matthew 25:29

Additional Scriptures: 

1 Timothy 6:6–11 

1 Corinthians 15:33 

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