Saturday we invested our $4 win from that ticket for the chance to win $900 million. Oh my~ I couldn't begin to wrap my mind around it.
This morning as we visited about there not being a winner and the winnings going to the BILLIONS... I told him I didn't want to win. I wouldn't like to have that kind of money. I would appreciate being blessed with a slice of the pie, but that much money - NO THANKS!
Here is how I feel. If I won any amount of money from the lottery, I would hope and pray with all my being that no one would ever say "she's the one who won...." I would hope we would be able to keep it to ourselves we won and not live such a life that people would be onto us. And I would hope, pray and live with intention that money wouldn't change who I am. And most certainly wouldn't change who I am with Jesus. I would be prayerful that those things which I've shared with my husband I would desire to do for others, I would most certainly do. And I would do them privately. I would not want others to know it was me/us who provided. I would want Jesus to use the funds for His glory.
I say all this and then I think... how many people say such a thing and then are standing in line to purchase a new car, rebuild a home, take an exclusive vacation. Having had all of the best intentions to serve, but getting wrapped up in having something they've never had. All that money and opportunity to spend it.
As I sit here typing, I count my blessings we didn't win! Would I appreciate having more funds to do more for others ~ absolutely! But here is how I see it sitting where I am this morning.
Jesus has blessed me ~ and blessed me well. I am not someone who has money to just toss around and be crazy with ... but I do have this. I have plenty. I have all of my needs met. I have enough so that I may also do for others. It may not be in the millions, or many hundreds, but it is something. And I fully believe that which I am able to give God uses to do abundantly more than I see. THANK YOU JESUS!
Here is another something [off track] I often question, WHY do we give a billion dollars to ONE PERSON, why doesn't the government give a billion people $1 million... think about what that could do for our economy! but that's just me on a soap box
Dear Lord, I pause to say a prayer for each of us as we look at our personal finances. Some of us have much, and some of us have little - no matter where we are in our funding, I ask and pray Lord you bless each of us. I pray you make us mindful of all you provide and all you do in our lives. As you bless us in ways we don't even realize sometimes. Making a bill we receive smaller than anticipated, finding a dollar in our pocket. A friend paying for lunch unexpectedly. Thank you Jesus for being present in our lives and for making us mindful of you.