Keller: Be a good sport in the game of life

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, September 7, 2022

This month I will celebrate my 88th birthday. As I think about those years, I’m reminded how short life is. My dad died when he was 48. I was 19 then and thought 48 was old. At 88, I’ve lived 10 years longer than the life expectancy of males.

I’ve always prayed to finish my life with a positive attitude, knowing that there is life after death. Over the years, I often read the following which I cut out of a newspaper while I was in the Navy:

 

THE GAME OF LIFE

 

Dear God: Help me to be a good sport in this game of life. I don’t ask for a special place in the lineup. Play me where you need me. I only ask that I can give you 100% of everything I have. If all the hard drives come my way, I thank you for the compliment. Help me to remember that you never send a player more than he can handle.

And, help me, Lord, to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. May I always play on the square, no matter what the others do. Help make me thankful for me.

Finally, God, if fate seems to be unfair to me and I’m benched for sickness or old age, help me not to whimper or squeal that the game was a frame-up or that I got a raw deal. And when I hear that final bell, I ask for no lying complimentary stones. All I want to hear is, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

 

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