Why You Should Go to Las Vegas

Why You Should Go to Las Vegas

We are driving to California. Yesterday we stopped in Vegas to visit some friends. I gave Emily a dollar to try a slot machine. I was wary about the whole endeavor. You can buy a can of black olives for a dollar and have guaranteed enjoyment. This was truly a gamble.

Within five minutes Emily had turned that dollar into fifteen. “Cash out!” I shouted over the bedlam as we high-fived. Marching triumphantly to the ATM with our little white voucher I thought to myself. Dang it! Why didn’t I scrounge up ten dollars to give her?

Then it hit me: This gambling business really ignites some dangerously dark parts of me.

1. It tickles the deluded belief that I should be able to get something with little to no effort in this life. After all, I am special. Shouldn’t I just be able to push a few buttons and walk away with free stuff?

2. It pulls at my greed. I was half-tempted to have my wife go back with that fifteen dollars and turn it into a thousand. I mean, she was on fire! I could have bought that Kindle I’ve been eyeing.

We gambled and won. We stuck it to the man! And I learned something about me in the process. For this reason I prescribe a trip to Las Vegas for everyone. For spiritual reasons…or you can just read your Bible and save your dollar.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Tim. 6:10

Actually, scratch that. Don’t go to Las Vegas. That way there will be more for me. (Evil laugh)