Today if anyone wants to research a foreign topic, people often rely on Google, Wikipedia or reach out to Alexia or Siri for information. In one click of a mouse, everything you want to know instantly pops up on a mobile device or tablet. However, before computers, libraries provided a vast collection of historical records waiting for those hungry for knowledge. The Farmer’s Almanac gives insight into previous trends, allowing land owners to ascertain which is the best crop to plant. Indians relied on wisdom passed down from previous chiefs to survive harsh winters and flourish during the harvest season. Seeking advice is a good practice before making important decisions for your future. Yet, sometimes even the least unlikely sources divulge powerful life lessons that should be heard and incorporated into your life.
Now these things [the warnings and admonitions] took place as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they did, 1 Corinthians 10:6.
Prior to this week, I never knew who the Poker Queen was or anything about the woman who earned this nickname. Nonetheless, the 2014 memoirs and 2017 film Molly’s Game introduces the world to Molly Bloom. When Molly’s ski accidently fell off during her final run of the woman’s moguls, any hopes of qualifying for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah disappeared. Prior to entering law school, Molly moved to Los Angeles, California to start the next phase of her life. A job as a personal assistant introduced Molly to a weekly poker game between celebrities and Hollywood stars. The professional athlete within Molly drove her to quickly become an expert of the game of poker. This passion opened the door for a thriving business, networking with the rich and famous to run high stake poker games. This uncontrollable rush took its toll, sending Molly into a ethical and moral tailspin.
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold, Proverbs 22:1.
To avoid a spoiler alert, I will focus on the honorable message Molly sends at the conclusion of the film Molly’s Game. After tabloids leaked a list of former players from a deposition, sworn evidence given by Molly, her reputation was tarnished. Despite growing financial issues, Molly refused to hand over her laptop and phone to the prosecution. These devices contained damaging details which would have ruined families and relationships across the country. Molly was holding the winning lottery ticket in her hand, offered millions of dollars to hand over this dirt. Nonetheless, Molly has decided to protect her former players rather than betray them for money. Why you may ask? In a few closing remarks, Molly replied, “the only thing I have left is my reputation.” While her book and film may suggest its already questionable, Molly has chosen to defend her name rather than cash in the poker chips that she is holding. May this message from Molly Bloom inspire you to devote your life toward developing a godly reputation.
Jby Jay Mankus