Winning the Lottery

Did you hear anything about the Lottery lately?  In seems as if there is no place where you can go today where it is not being talked about.  Perhaps that includes even in our own heads.  I know I have wondered what I would do if I won.  Have you?

I know I would want to take care of family.  My grandkids would not have to worry about whatever training or education they wanted to pursue.  My parents and brother would not have to wonder how they would receive the care they need.  Laura and I would finally be able to plan for a retirement on a waterfront somewhere.  Yes, I would keep working here because I don’t think God has released me yet.  But I would also create foundations that would provide for long term investment in bringing the best in leadership to ordained ministry, serve the work of helping other congregations thrive in their mission and address issues of education in underserved communities.

Of course, I would make sure our congregation was resourced for mission.  In addition to our building expansion, there would be seed funding for positions and ministries to launch new opportunities to serve others and broaden our witness of the Gospel.

And yes, I would also find a way to golf and fly fish more.

My planning of future plans and priorities around unlimited resources I can only dream of led me to realize something. I already have unlimited resources in my life.  So do you.  If we know anything about our faith, we know it exists because of never ending outpouring of God’s grace.  The air we breath, the love we know and all of our being exists because we have been given an unending reservoir of grace we can not shut off.

How does that gift, the one we already have help us to dream and act?  What does that knowledge and experience do to help us take care for our families, serve our community and have peace and joy in our life?  What dreams does it inspire in you and in turn inspire in others?

We have already been the recipients of unlimited divine wealth.  In answer to the question, “Has it changed you?”, I can only hope we all answer, “Yes!”.






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