I Won the Lottery!!!

My daily journey to work takes me past a Powerball billboard. The estimated jackpot as of this morning (March 23rd) was $81 million. I have spent a lot of time and energy over the course of my life desiring more money. I would think, “Man, I wish I could win the lottery! It would solve all my problems. If only I could win that Powerball Jackpot, I would be set. I would not have to worry about anything.”

Over the past year my whole perspective on life has started to change. I no longer desire to win the Powerball. Would I turn it away if I did win? No, but the pursuit of money and worldly possessions is not the main goal of life. The “Adventure to Salvation” is the main goal of life. I teach a Financial Life Skills Workshop to high school and college students. I always end the workshop with this final thought from St. Paul:

“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

We are being assulted on all sides by commercialism. Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and billboards try to convince us that we need the products they are advertising–that we are entitled to them. Do not fall into the trap that you are entitled to have everything you want. I firmly believe that that is the true source of this financial mess that we are in. Americans have come to believe that they are entitled to anything and everything they want. We, as a country, got greedy–ALL OF US, not just the corporate CEO’s or politicians. The fact of the matter is that we are not entitled to have everything we want. Life is not about the pursuit of worldly goods. It is about serving the Lord and sacrificing our wants and needs for the needs of others. Just think of the poor widow in the bible who gave her last coins to the poor. She gave everything she had. Did she concern herself with how she was going to eat the next day? No, she trusted that the Lord would provide her with what she needed. That is how we should try to live our lives. If I can live my life that way, then I have indeed won the lottery of eternal salvation.

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