I normally don't get caught up in the whole Lottery thing...buying tickets weekly in hopes of being the 1 in 176 million to win (the odds of winning with a single ticket according to the lottery group.) But $500 million, really? So while walking our dog the other night, my husband and I got on the "dream" topic...the "What ifs?" "What would you do with it?" Our answers were similar, buy a house on the beach, travel etc...but I immediately began to think about how important it would be to use that money to make a difference. Imagine how money like that could change so many lives for the better. The charities you could start, the hurting people you could help. Imagine waking up each morning being able to think about who you could bless?
But, wait a minute...aren't there people I can help without being the lucky 1 in 176 million dollar millionaire? Aren't there hungry, homeless people around me everyday on the street corners? Isn't there someone who may be hungry that I can give a fast food restaurant $5.00 gift card to? Isn't there someone I can offer words of encouragement? Is there someone I can pray with or for?
Sometimes, you may get caught up in your dreams; the things you hope for and look forward to in the future. But in doing so, don't forget that each day you have an opportunity to enrich someone's life. You are a believer of Jesus Christ, and in Him you've been given the greatest treasure of all, eternal life. It is worth more than gold, silver or $500 million dollars. The odds He gives you when you accept Him are 1 in 1. If you accept Him, He will come into your life. He will do an incredible work in your heart. As you seek to know Him, you will be changed, renewed, healed, and used to make a difference in the lives of others.
Yes...I will probably go out and buy my lottery ticket tomorrow, because having extra money would be nice. But I know that I don't need to be a millionairess to be happy, to make a difference or to change a life. Jesus Christ has set me free from my sins. He has placed my feet on solid ground and healed my broken, hurting heart. I am rich in Him and have been given His treasure of forgiveness, love, peace, and eternal life.
"This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:22-233
"Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him." Romans 4:7-8
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - maybe proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:3-9