Being a minister, I usually don’t even think about playing the lottery, but once it got over $400 million, I decided I should play. I dreamed of all the cool things I could do with the money – tell my mortgage company to shove it, buy all the Icees I ever want, carry a wad of c-notes in a blinged out money clip…cool stuff like that. Oh, wait, I’m a minister….I meant to say help the homeless, feed the hungry, and other socially redeeming things.
I could even be like too many of the Christians I know who say things like, “Pastor, if I win the lottery I’ll give a lot to the church. So, would you pray that I win”. No, I won’t. I’m totally sure that God is more concerned about kids starving in Africa than who wins the lottery. But, I digress. People have also started asking me to pray for the Panthers to win. I also can’t do that. Not because I’m theologically against it (I am), but because I don’t think even God is powerful enough to help the Panthers this year. Kidding. KIDDING. God is awesome.
So, I drove the the gas station, got out $2 for the ticket, and readied myself for the happiness that would soon be mine. But before I got out of the car a thought struck me…
I have a wife who is incredible. She brings joy, hope, peace, and love into my life. She makes me laugh and shares my tears. She is beautiful on the inside and out.
I have wonderful kids who inspire me and cause my heart to explode with love. As I watch them grow I am amazed by them and feel honored to be a part of their lives.
I get to pastor a church filled with the most incredible people I’ve ever known. God has brought us broken people from all walks of life and together we try to walk hand in hand with Jesus. We laugh together, love together, and work together to change the world for the better. New Story Church is the incredible success it is because of the great people who come there. It’s a joy ever single day to be their pastor.
As I took a few minutes to ponder my life and all the blessings God has brought me, I decided not to buy a ticket and play the lottery….because I’ve already won it.