“You Bet Your Life”

The Test Pattern, Game Shows and Ed Sullivan were the only television choices a half century ago. One of the most popular of the Game Shows was “You Bet Your Life”. (I copied this description from the Internet)
“You Bet Your Life was the television version of Groucho Marx’s popular radio series of the same name, which grew out of improvisational scenes Groucho had performed on radio with Bob Hope. Guests were invited to the show and asked to answer a few question for prize money. There was always a secret word, which was told to the audience at the start of each episode but not known to the participants, and if the contestants happened to mention the secret word during their interview with Groucho or during the contest, a dilapidated stuffed duck (bearing a strong resemblance to Groucho himself) would descend into their midst with the secret word around his neck and extra prize money would be granted. The duck was a reference to two popular Marx Brothers movies: Duck Soup and Cocoanuts, in which the famous “Why a Duck/viaduct” exchange took place between Chico and Groucho. Groucho was the master of the quip, and the brunt of his onstage verbiage was often borne by the show’s tireless and good natured emcee, George Fenniman. You Bet Your Life aired for 11 seasons, the last season being re-titled The Groucho Show.”

I was never a fan of  the Marx Brothers, nor was I a fan of  The Three Stooges. That probably places me in the minority, but when you discover that I didn’t watch SNL or M.A.S.H., you must agree that I am an odd duck. I can live with that, but what really concerns me is that so many seem to be “Betting Their Life” in a losing cause. JESUS revealed the secret of Eternal Life, once and for all, when HE said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except by me!” (John 14:6 NIV) That, to me, says “No Other Way, but This Way” to eternal life. We live in a time when a man’s word simply depends on the circumstance.  Even when the facts prove otherwise, we act confused.  There is a bit of concern with ‘Common Core’ in our public schools, but we’ve been living common core for years.  As a Child of the KING, we should move out of ‘self’ and ‘serve’, inselfishly, as a living testimony to the “Truth and the Life” in every way, every day.  That’s what I get from my box of chocolates, donchaknow.

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