…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
What would I do if I won the lottery?
I know it’s silly, but I’ll admit, just once or twice, I’ve day-dreamed about what I would buy if I suddenly became a millionaire. Of course, buying myself a new house and a new car would, I’m sure, be purchases I would make. However, to be honest, I find it more fun to think about how I would better the lives of those around me. A new house for my mom and dad, helping my friends and siblings become debt free, and donating to great local charities, are just a couple of things I would spend my winnings on.
Acquiring money may not be what life is all about, but having plenty of it, sure makes living life a whole lot easier. Most of us spend the majority of our lives working to pay our monthly utilities, saving for retirement, and trying to pay off our mortgages. We work a lot, play a little, and try to fit a few hours of sleep in on most days.
How much sweeter life would be if our house was paid for, our monthly bills were taken care of, and we could spend our days playing with our kids, visiting with friends, helping those in need, and truly making a difference in the lives of those around us.
Over the last couple of years, my spouse and I have faced many financial challenges. Moving, changing jobs, surviving the economy, and trying to keep a small business afloat, are just a few of the things we’ve had to face. We’re not alone. Over the past several years, many people have been forced to make changes, and many people have become overwhelmed by their financial hardships.
This past August, my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In one day, my focus went from paying our bills, increasing our savings, and growing our small business, to things far more important. It’s amazing how one major wake-up call from God can turn your whole life upside down. Those things that had been feeling like giant mountains, all of a sudden looked like little anthills. What truly matters in this life went from being hidden underneath a pile of junk, to being front and center.
Money and material items tend to wiggle their way into the center of our lives. We often miss out on those things that are truly priceless because our eyes are set on those things that the Bible warns us are just passing.
I may never win the lottery or have millions in the bank, but I have been far more blessed in many incredible ways. I’ve been given the opportunity to care for my mom, spend time with my children, and grow in my trust in God. He has provided for me and my family every step of the way.
You don’t have to be rich, to be richly blessed. It’s guaranteed that most of us will face hardships of one kind or another. Sometimes, we face financial hardships, and sometimes, we face a sickness or a loss. However, if you place your trust in God and depend on Him to see you through, you can spend everyday thanking Him for his faithfulness and provision. He never changes, even when your circumstances do.
And, you don’t need money to give to others. Giving of yourself and taking the time to share one another’s burdens can be an incredible gift all by itself!