Faith Like a Skip-bo Card

I like Skip-bo.  To me, it is a grandparent-grandchild game.  Last weekend saw a few games at family reunion, and I grew up playing it with grandparents and adopted grandparents alike.

If you’ve never played Skip-bo, I offer my sympathies.  For the purpose of this post, you need to know a few things:

  1. The point of Skip-bo is to use up your stack of numbered cards by placing them in one of 4 communal stacks, in order.
  2. Most cards have a number; a few are wild cards imprinted with “Skip-bo” instead.
  3. Skip-bo cards allow action.  If you are stuck without a skip-bo card, you’re done.  Discard and let the game move on.  However, as long as you have a skip-bo card, you can play.

Somehow last week, I was struck by the idea that skip-bo cards and faith have a lot in common.  Skip-bo cards take the place of any number, but only the most novice players use them just to play something.  Skip-bo cards are best used as catalysts for another play.  Similarly, James says that faith doesn’t come without action.  Faith allows action.

That action, though, must be within the patterns and principles of the game.  If you play a skip-bo card in place of a 5, a 6 must follow.  Faith (or anything called faith) does not  excuse or allow disobedience.  Faith allows, if anything, a more-intentional obedience.

The good news is that faith is not limited to eighteen cards in a box.  I plan to follow my grandparents’ example and play for life.


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