One of my favorite hobbies is playing cards with friends. Bridge, Hearts, Pinochle, Casino, 10 To 1, Rummy and Cribbage are all card games I like. 

Knowledge of the game rules is the first step to being a winner. Card smarts are a must. One of the most important winning skills in Bridge is when to lose a trick. Poor players lose a trick early in the game only to lose a bunch towards the close of the hand. 

Card games that make a trump suit all powerful complicate the game further. When a 2 of diamonds beats a king of spades, hearts or clubs, players better learn how to master this aspect of the game. 

Likewise in life:
Love trumps hate
Love trumps envy
Love trumps fear
Love trumps failure
Love trumps pain
Love trumps sin
Love trumps death 

My favorite artist; Vincent Van Gogh, though he died in poverty and obscurity, said some remarkable things about love. 

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

 “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

“Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.”

The author of Love is God, our Heavenly Father who provided us life by giving us His Son.

Therefore, I would be remiss if I did not name at least five of my favorite Bible verses on Love.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. – I john 4:18

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39 

I close with Sir Vincent ‘s quote on courage because to live demands courage. I choose to love God, to love life and to love people no matter the cost.

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent Van Gogh