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.