Linda's Thoughts
    Dear Friends,

     If you were singled out to meet the President of the United States, what would you say?  
Would you meekly stand there dumb founded with no words coming from your mouth?  Or would
you tell him, "You're doing a great job, keep up the good work?"  Maybe you would tell him that
you didn't agree with his policy in Iraq.  No matter what you say, whether wise or foolish, it will stay
with you because you said it to the President.  

    This is how we learn when we play the greatest game of them all, the huge multi-faceted game
of life that I wrote about in my book,
The Game of Life It's Almost Over.  How we react to our life
experiences teaches us about the character of our souls.  What we do during the exciting times
and the difficult times is what makes us the person we are today.

    Now, imagine you're on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' and you have no life lines left and the
million dollar question is next.  You take a deep breath.  In your heart you believe that you know
the answer, and soon all your financial debt will be wiped clean.  You give your answer . . . the
buzzer rings . . .  you're wrong . . . you lost everything.  That question and answer will forever be
embedded in your mind because you lost the game worth one million dollars.

    The game of life is the same as being on 'Who Wants to be A Millionaire', or having the once
in a lifetime opportunity to say one thing to the President.  Except, the stakes are much higher
when you play the game of life.  You're playing with your life and the lives of the people around
you.  Each experience is a level on the game.  Each time you pass a level, the experiences or
tests get harder.  In your game you choose whether you are going to help your fellow players or
look out for yourself.  

    It gets worse . . . there is more to this game than what you can see.  There is an unseen
playing field of spiritual beings, good and evil.  They pull at your subconscious to sway you for
either good or bad.  Each time you pass a level, the good side wins in the spiritual world.  
However, each time you lose, by thinking only of yourself, the bad side gains a little more control
over you and the world around you.

    This game is very complex, we are not just using our voices and our brains to accomplish the
game of life.  We are using our body, soul, and spirit.  Every part of our human makeup,
emotions, health of our physical body, our intellect, and our soul are involved in the great game of
life.

    So now we get to the questions, "Why God?"  Why are there tornado's and floods?  Why do
children die?  Why are there wars and evil of all kinds?  Why do we struggle financially?  It can
also answer the why questions on the other end of the spectrum.  Why did I survive the car
accident?  Why did I get chosen for a promotion?  The answer can only be found when we look
back at our lives and see what we learned. How did it change us.  How did it effect the fight for the
good side in the unseen spiritual plane?  Each obstacle, good or bad, that we face effects that
fight.  We must learn from our life experiences.  We must change for the better or we fail in our
game of life.

    The game of life is accepting that even if we are good, it doesn't mean bad things won't
happen to us.  If we could live free from pain then we would not be in this world.   

    God taught me to look back and see what I learned and how it changed me.  I no longer had to
feel ashamed of what happened in my life.  He taught me about the battle between good and evil
in the spirit realm.  He taught me to hear His voice so I would follow Him and not Satan.  Having
faith is the only way you can overcome the world game.  Believing in God is the only way you can
win.  Winning the game of life leads to the ultimate prize of becoming like God and reigning with
Him in the world to come.  

    Revelations 21: 7&8, "Whoever wins the victory will receive this from me:  I will be his God, and
he will be my son.  But cowards, traitors, perverts, murderers, the immoral, those who worship
idols, and all liars-the place for them is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, which is the second
death."

                                    May the peace of God be with you as you fight and win your game of life!
                                                    Linda Dipman