Sunday, May 18, 2014

Trump Card

This is a Mind Change Moment Encore

According to The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, here is the definition of a trump card: “the suit designated as having precedence over the others. In general, it is something capable of making a decisive difference when used at the right moment as in ‘The prosecutor played her trump card by calling a surprise witness.’”

There have been more than a few times in my life when I did not like the hand I was dealt. It looked like there were too many things against me, and I found my unreliable emotions taking a dip. But in those times, I have learned something. I have learned that God has given us the ultimate trump card.

Without using the term, I think I was getting at this in several of the power thoughts in my book Mind Change. Number 13 says, “Relax. Your God Reigns.” Number 15 says, “In all things God works for your good.”  Number 19 says, “Be ‘unreasonably,’ ‘illogically’ joyful because your name is written in heaven.”

You see, no matter what hand we are dealt, how ugly it looks, or how challenging it feels, God still reigns. He is still at work for our good, and we can still rejoice because our names are written in heaven, no matter how illogical such joy might appear to someone looking at us in our trial.

If the hand you are dealt looks pretty crummy and the opponent across the table thinks he has you, just remember that you have something from God capable of making a decisive difference. Use it in those defining moments. Play your trump card!


  1. Thanks Tom for the encore! Needed that. Great message to meditate on as I deal with my struggles and challenges.

  2. Know that feeling when you look at your hand and realize the dealer just gave you the ace of spades??? It's hard to keep from smiling. We let the cards fall, one by one, knowing we have already sacked the game, before we began playing. It was won for us. It didn't require any special skill on our part. We are simply delivering that truth. Amazing, isn't it?
    In Christ,