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Your Trump Card
12/23/2019 12:00:01 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

        Pinochle is an interesting card game. It has rules and strategies just like any other game, but the thing that makes it stand out is “the trump card,” and the strategic use of it.  A deck of cards has four suits, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades, 13 cards in each suit. At the start of the game, once a suit is identified as “trump,” that suit becomes the most powerful. Regardless of card values, any card in the suit identified as “trump” beats any card in any other suit. In other words, the lowest valued trump card beats the highest valued card in any other suit. The strategic use of “the trump card” is the most intriguing thing about the game. You must never play your trump card indiscriminately, just to win a hand.

        In life we’ve been dealt a hand of cards. Don’t waste time trying to figure out what cards are in another person’s hand. Most people tend to show their cards or tell you what’s in their hand if you choose to listen well enough. Know well the cards you’ve been dealt, the cards in your hand, and concentrate on them. How many trump cards do you have? What are they? Understand the value of the trump card, how and when to play it. Consider these three points:

  1. Know who’s in the game. (Social circle; Professional circle; Inner circle) Watch how they play. Sacrifice a few hands so you can get to know how they play. Don’t worry. This is life. You won’t run out of cards or opportunities to win a hand. See the bigger picture. Winning every hand isn’t important. It’s the game that matters. 
  2. You don’t have to win every hand (argument, discussion). You don’t always have to be right (even when you know you’re right).
  3. Listen for “fizzle.” Don’t waste your trump card on fizzle, little inconsequential crap having little to no intrinsic value to your definite major purpose, or your intention for the day. Don’t waste your energy capital on that which will fizzle itself out.

GOD IS ALL THERE IS, so

  • Your Trump Card is Spirit, God, Source, (whatever you wish to call It).
  • Your Trump Card, The Infinite, is infinite, so It cannot be exhausted.
  • Your Trump Card is Infinite Intelligence, so you can rest in the knowing that It will tell you exactly and correctly what to do in the moment.
  • Your Trump Card is All Power, so you can access whatever power you need in the moment. Power to be silent. Power to be calm. Power to take the emotional hit ...
  • Your Trump Card is eternal which means It is infinitely present, – It is in the “now.”

 

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Joyce Burton From Philadelphia At 12/23/2019 6:31:03 PM

Thank you very much for this devotion ! I remember back in the day , I used to love playing pinochle with my mom and other family members! Your examples are on point! It was so much fun to rub somebody’s head playing cutthroat or partners??! Be blessed

 

 


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