January 13, 2016

Life is a Lottery

The main topic of conversation just about everywhere in the country is the lottery. Have you bought a ticket? How did you pick your numbers? What will you do with your winnings? Can you believe how high the payout is? You name it, the questions are flying.

I'm guilty too. It's fun to dream about what one would do with that kind of cash. {Buy a Ranch.} Last night, while discussing our imaginary ranch- where the living room would open up into the aisle way of our 30 stall barn- we quickly moved from what we would buy to what we would give.

To our church. To our family. To our close friends. Even to our bosses. {job security}

Tonight, as I packed Little Miss's suitcase for a trip with her father, I heard about a fatal accident in a neighboring county. My heart sunk for the family involved. (This news made me snuggle Little Miss extra tight, as she wiggled away, not understanding my tears.) I thought about another friend who has an ill parent...several friends who are battling cancer...and how the lottery is the last thing on any of their minds. While money is as great bonus- it certainly can't buy happiness or healthiness.

When you look up the definition of the word lottery, the secondary definition states it is a process or thing whose success or outcome is governed by chance. Life is a lottery. Each day is a blessing, one that can be taken away in the blink of an eye. By chance, we wake up each day. By the grace of God we are able to get up, get dressed and go to work for the day...to come home, most of the time exhausted, to our loved ones. 

Life is the lottery we need to pay attention to and be truly grateful for. So tonight, as we all clinch our winning Powerball tickets- take a moment to be thankful for what you already have, because the things that money can't buy are what are the most valuable.

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