Right now, the MegaMillions jackpot is at $194 million. That’s a lot of money. Say you turn on your television tonight (I know, old school) and find out you won. Would that not be amazing? What would you do with all that money? Think of the possibilities!
If you’re anything like me, you probably already have a semi-serious plan for what you would do if you won such a jackpot. Everytime I see advertisements for the lottery I start to fantasize about how I would use the money. A lot of the times, especially since becoming a Christian, I think of all the good I would/could do with the reward.
It usually goes something like, “Okay, so, $194 million…. Let’s say $10 million to my fellowship, $10 million for my family and some friends, $5 million for myself (a guy has to eat, right?), and the rest I’ll give to charities or church-planting organizations overseas. How cool would that be?” and then I secretly think about how I would be such a good guy, you know, if I had the money.
Maybe you’re less selfish than I am, or maybe more. I don’t know. Even if you would keep almost all of the money for yourself, I bet you would want to at least help out your family/friends with your newfound money. Who hasn’t dreamed of being that person to buy his mom some sweet house?
The bottom line is it’s fair to say we all think we would do great things if we won the lottery.
BREAKING NEWS: If you are reading this, you have won the lottery.
Being born in the United States is like winning the geographical sweepstakes. Take, for instance, if you make a modest $35,000 a year. According to the Global Rich List, that puts you in the top 1% of the world economically. Even if you make minimum wage, you’re still in the top 6% if you work full time. Shoot, if you’re reading this and completely broke it still means you have access to the internet, which puts you in the top 40-50% of the world.
Honestly, I don’t think we need convincing that we are damn lucky to be where we are.
So, if that’s the case, then what are we doing about it?
I mean, we always like to think about all the great things we would do if we won the lottery. Well, fella, you did. So, again, the question remains: What are you going to do about it?
When I thought about this analogy, I realized how little I appreciate what I have and how much more I could do with it.
Jesus talks about this idea when he says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much “ (Luke 15:10).
I think what gets in our way is how most of us think we’re one or two circumstances away from getting to where we need to be. “If only _______ happened, then I’d finally be happy” we think, detrimentally.
It’s so convenient to think we would take bigger steps if we just had ________. It’s funny how easy it is for us to focus on what we don’t have. Instead, maybe we need to realize we already are in an amazingly privileged position and 1) be thankful and then 2) decide to act out of said gratitude.
I’m no better at this than the next guy. However, I’m realizing the less I live this way the more I’m living like I completely forgot about the jackpot I’ve been handed.
Note: Inspiration for this came when listening to http://podcasts.neoxenos.org/3222/