Following my theme of “don’t eat the daisies” which I have discussed https://onetahayes.com/2022/05/06/too-nice-to-call-eating-daisies-sin/
As Guardian Ad litem I sat in court waiting for my case to come up. The scenario before me was something like this.
Judge to Grandparents who had been in danger of losing guardianship of a ten-year-old granddaughter: “Mr. B, this was the third time I have given you a chance to provide a home for this child. You have lost three homes because of your gambling habit. I am sorry to tell you I will have to have the social services find a stable home in which to place Annie. In tears, the grandfather was dismissed. This was not a case of mine, so I do not know other details. (Mr. B and Annie are made up names.)
Far more people are just “playing games” instead of being addicted to gambling. I do not gamble money in any form, but that is extreme. 😀 For me, there is a lot of difference between buying a lottery ticket and putting down a quarter on an office football pot. And selling raffle tickets on a turkey or quilt is a pretty good way to raise money.
Quote: A bird in hand in worth two in a bush.
Scripture: I Timothy 6:9 “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
A LION came across a Hare, who was fast asleep. He was just in the act of seizing her, when a fine young Hart trotted by, and he left the Hare to follow him. The Hare, scared by the noise, awoke and scudded away.
The Lion was unable after a long chase to catch the Hart, and returned to feed upon the Hare. On finding that the Hare also had run off, he said, “I am rightly served, for having let go of the food that I had in my hand for the chance of obtaining more.”
Gambling in the United States is legally restricted. In 2008, gambling activities generated gross revenues (the difference between the total amounts wagered minus the funds or “winnings” returned to the players) of $92.27 billion in the United States. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambling_in_the_United_States
My Mother used to quote, “A fool and his money are soon parted.”
In response to a friend who used to say, “If you don’t play you cannot win,” I would reply, “Yes, but if you don’t play you cannot lose, either.”