If you’re reading this today, it’s likley you’re not driving to a lottery office in your home state with a winning ticket to redeem.
Like me, you have time to think rationally and do your normal routine.
I’m honored to be part of yours by the way.
From the day that both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, (Hobbits from the fictional novels by J.R.R. Tolkien) inherited “The Ring”—-the most powerful item in their world, its great value did nothing but bring them sorrow.
Until the end.
In many ways, winning a giant pile of money (yes I played $5) is a curse to those without the fortitude to handle success–and–even with those skills, like the little Hobbit ring-bearers, the weight of responsibility is still severe.
All but three have losing tickets for sale this morning–with no value at all.
We may have nonchalantly tossed a few bucks toward a ticket clerk and mused about the prospect of a windfall–I did.
In a rather ironic way, dollars we release to our Church, or other worthy causes, especially ones that benefit people who have no way of paying us back, never “ring-up” as a losing ticket.
Americans are the most generous people in the world.
In spite of those in power pretending to be atheists/secularists, so they can get even with the God who they know created them, the U.S. of A. remains king of the collection plate.
In all reality, our debt crisis can only be solved through our charity.
God will not turn His back on the righteous, no matter how evil our government may become.
FYI: If you happen to be a liberal or progressive reading this, higher taxes on the rich never were and never will be a form of charity. Money that a government collects is considered to be in exchange for services rendered back to us, such as roads, bridges, public schools, police service, fire departments, etc…nothing more.
Jesus reminds us in John 11 of the following pledge:
Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Unlike the dreaded long-lost friends and relatives that lottery winners fear, Jesus, the wealthiest being in our universe, calls us to come to Him just as we are.
His promise to be yoked together, like oxen pulling a plow, is the smartest way we can “turn-over” the dirt and trials of our lives.
No powerful jewels, or winning numbers can equal that ticket.