Trading in My Lottery Dreams

Wanting More

We don’t usually buy lottery tickets. But, when the recent Mega Millions Lottery reached $1 billion, we decided to buy one. After we bought the ticket, we dreamed about the ways we would spend the money or where we would give it away. In reality, I have everything that I need . . . and more

Having More

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the differences between humans. Too often we measure a person’s worth by how much they have. 

  • By how much talent they have.
  • By how much beauty they have.
  • By how much money they have.
  • By how many followers or likes they have.

When I watch an amazing athlete play or listen to a talented singer, I think, that person has been given so much more than me

Then, I consider how small I am. On my small plot of ground, in a small midwestern city, I have a small house. I write for a small publication, and I have written two small books. My small number of social media followers and book sales could never stand in comparison to author Neil Gaiman’s 1.8 million Twitter followers.

Giving More

I don’t think that Jesus is taking inventory of our stuff down here on planet Earth. I don’t think that it really matters to Him. How much we give away does matter. He observed a poor widow like the one in Luke 2 and said,

Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!

Luke 2:1-4, The Message Bible

Here’s what matters: Am I stewarding it well? 

Steward: To manage or look after (another’s property).

Synonyms: manage, oversee, keep, tend to.

As a follower of Jesus, I belong to Him, so all of my stuff and all of my talent belongs to Him, too. That leaves me with the job of stewarding it all. In that light, I am learning to hold out my hands and say, “I know it’s not much, but it’s all yours.” 

As a follower of Jesus, I have won the lottery. I’m loved and wanted. I’m full of hope and peace. I wouldn’t trade those valuable possessions for a winning lottery ticket. Read more about my search for peace, here, and my search for stability, here.

I wrote a 30-day devotional book, Led, about learning to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd. In that role, He takes over the care and management of our lives. Buy it here.

Stay Rooted in Jesus

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