Saturday, January 10, 2009

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery? I don't mean one of the little lottery jackpots. Everyone knows that winning $1,000,000 in a lottery will change your life. No, I'm talking about one of those gigantic Powerball lotteries. Maybe $100,000,000! Even after you pay taxes there will be enough money left over that you can live like royalty from the interest you receive from a simple savings account. I'm talking about winning so much money that you are not sure you could spend it all if you tried.

Do you imagine yourself going into work the day after you win and cleaning out your desk. Or maybe you just leave it all. Hey, you don't need paper clips where you're going!

Have you envisioned yourself buying a vacation home in the Caribbean and spending everyday reclining by the pool or on the beach? Can you see a staff of cooks, gardeners, maids, and yes ... even a butler? You would never have to lift a finger again. Never have to worry about paying the bills. Never have to miss another ball game or recital because of a deadline at work.

OK. Reality check. It probably isn't going to happen. You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning. Quick. Think. Do you know anyone that has been struck by lightning?

But, what if it did? Should you quit your job? Should you move to the Caribbean and hire a staff to manage your affairs? Are these things Biblical? I don't think so.

Gen 1:28 - "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over ever living creature that moves on the ground."

Gen 2:5 - "... for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground,"

Gen 2:15 - "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."

Gen 2:18 - "The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'"

From the very beginning, God intended for man to be working - not lounging. We are wired to get things done. It's not coincidence that excercise is good for the body. God made this body to be in motion. Even our brain benefits from activity. God made this mind to be active.

The practical wisdom of Paul says, "If a man will not work, he shall not eat." (2 Thes 3:10)

But, even beyond that, God designed us for work and then instructs us to be active. He has a plan for your life and mine (Jer 29:11) . And, it doesn't include a life void of responsibility, void of challenges, void of sweat, void of work.

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