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Lottery and the Rest of Us

I didn’t win the lottery yesterday! I woke up totally bummed that my life wasn’t radically changed by mountains of cash. The promise of mansions and exotic vacations disappeared with the announcement of the winning numbers. I’m still buying a used Kia Sedona instead of a 2013 Honda Odyssey. I’m not going to be able to build a church building out of the proceeds and start a foundation for funding theological education.

My wife is going to have to keep stretching the grocery budget, and the kids will not be getting flatscreens in their bedrooms. My hopes and dreams of swimming in a room of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck are totally on hold once again! I will need to draw a salary from ReCAST at least another year.

But my life is rich and full! I do believe that wealth would change me. And many of those changes would be detrimental. If I split $580,000,000 dollars with someone, I really believe that it would quickly turn into a burden. And in all honesty, I have what I need. If God gave me a load of money, I would be grateful and seek to use it wisely, but He has given me just what my family needs and even many of our wants!

He has blessed me with means beyond what I deserve. And that satisfaction and contentment is part of the reason that I didn’t win yesterday. In my contentment, I chose to not buy a ticket!

What are your thoughts about the lottery and contentment? Do you think winning millions would change you? Leave a comment and let me know.

About Don Filcek

Don Filcek

I like mountain biking even where there are no mountains. I like to jog and call it running. I read books to learn stuff. My family is pretty much awesome. ReCAST is the church where I belong. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I like the color yellow.

One Response

  1. Micahel Elkins says:

    I do think it would change. I really do not see how it could not change anyone. Not always meaning a bad thing. I mean everybody always says if they win they will do this nice thing for this person etc. I heard on sports radio yesterday a guy said if he wins he would give all $550 mil to veterans. Don’t get me wrong, it would be cool, but I bet if he woke up this morning a winner not all $550 Million would go to that.

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