It's Not If You Win Or Lose, It's...

Published 11/14/19

101 Five-Minute Meal Time Devotions: Fun and Creative Ways

to Teach your Kids Spiritual Values

By Greg Johnson

What If...

Sunday school has its good points and bad points. One of the good things, though, is the Bible challenge game at the end of every class. It’s usually girls versus guys, so that makes it even better. The reason: the girls nearly always win.

One particular Sunday, the competition is fierce. The guys have lost for two straight weeks and they are down again, five to three. The teacher plays moderator for the game, so he has the power to decide who raised their hand first—and therefore, who gets to answer the question.

He asks a question, and it looks to you like your team has a hand up first. Instead, he says the guys’ hands were up. They answer correctly, and it’s five to four. The next question the same thing happens. Now it’s tied, five to five. A few of the girls say that the teacher is giving the guys a break. He just smiles.

A few minutes later it’s nine to nine. The next point wins. He asks the question and clearly the girls have their hands up first. The teacher calls on the guys and they answer correctly to win the game.

All of the girls complain in protest, and again, the teacher just smiles. Then he says, “Better luck next week.”

This really ticks you off. It is obvious he was letting the guys win.

Questions to Think On

• What would you do or say if this happened to you?

• What do you have the power to control: the way the leader plays the game, or your response to how he leads?

• What do you think is the right thing to do when you or your team is being treated unfairly (in any game or situation)?

• Have you ever treated someone unfairly? How does it make people feel?

What Does God Have to Say?

Proverbs... for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.

Proverbs 1:2-3

He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil—this is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. His break will be supplied, and water will not fail him. Isaiah 33:15-16


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