Still can’t believe what just happened. I actually got a winning lottery ticket in my hand and I don’t know what I’m going to do with all the money. The scratch off ticket only cost $2, but it was a winner! I’ve never bought a lottery ticket in my life, but I guess it was my lucky day. Recently, at a Christmas party we exchanged gifts valued at $10 or less. Luckily, I ended up with five $2 Scratch- off lottery tickets that I couldn’t wait to get home and see what I won.
Well, after scratching off all five tickets I won a whopping $2. I’m sure my phone will light up here soon and everyone will want a piece of the pie. After all, it’s everyone’s dream to win a huge amount of money that would truly change life as you know it. No more debt, no more limitations, and a life of luxury ahead. We all like to ponder how life would change and how we would use the money if we were to win that Big Jackpot.
Honestly, I’m glad that I didn’t win anymore. Sure, I would love for money to not be a concern in my life. However, I’m afraid money would only lead to a false sense of confidence. There would still be challenges that come from all sides. There would still be countless situations I can’t change or control. There would still be hurt, fear, and failure. Yes, I know money can remove certain barriers, but it really has no impact on life’s greatest issues.
We’re all guilty of thinking money could cure most of life’s problems. When in reality, only God can put peace in a heart, save a soul, and carry anyone through another day. Maybe you think becoming the next lottery jackpot winner is your ticket to happiness. History has proven that money can’t buy the most priceless things in life such as faith, hope, and love.
This Christmas and going into the New Year don’t keep hoping to hit it big. Instead, realize you are loved by a Big God who can handle your biggest problems. Know that God has amazing plans for your life. He will work all things out for your good and His glory. Thank God for what you do have, trust Him for what you will need, and enjoy the moments you have left on this earth with friends and family.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11