Friday, June 22, 2007

You've won the lottery - Now what?

At work the other day, someone brought up that stale old topic - What would you do if you won the lottery?

I love this question because I believe it reveals character. So go ahead - What would you do?

Would you buy a new car? Nothing wrong with that. New House? Okay. Travel? Sure. But then what? Don't worry. Most people go through a litany of what they would buy themselves. But then what? Most people stop there. Do you mention the good that you could do? It surprises me how many people don't.

Once I give my answer of paying for medical treatment for the poor and helping our wounded or traumatized veterans, they then start coming up with their own ideas of helping others.

You see, if you win the lottery ( We're talking the multi-multi million kind here ) your basic needs are met. With that taken care of, you can pursue your real heart's desire. That's the big question, isn't it? What is your hearts desire?

It's not as simple as you might think. Everyday in America, someone wins a lottery of sorts. Their new album goes platinum. Their stock options go through the roof. They finally get access to their trust fund. What they do with it, reveals not only their character, but strips away the myths of what constitutes human fulfillment.

The world is replete with music stars who after achieving professional success, financial abundance, and the admiration of millions then commit suicide. Why? They got everything they ever wanted. Of course, that's the problem isn't it. They got what they wanted, but not what they needed.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that most of us won't win the lottery, this myth will continue to flourish. To the poor single mother trying to make ends meet, her need is money. It's natural for her to assume that if her financial burden is met, she will be fulfilled. Obviously her life would be better, but what about her soul. There is a God-shaped hole in all of us that only Jesus can fill.

So what would you do if you won $100 million? Buy a $10,000 watch or pay for a child's operation? Buy a tenth car for your collection or buy a local church a new van? Blow $5,000 at a casino or put a new roof on an elderly person's home?

So, what is your heart's desire? To accumulate all the things you want? Or, to have the fulfillment and purpose for your life that only Christ can provide? One of those options is free for the asking. For the other - well - you have to win the lottery.

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