One Way to Ruin Your Marriage and Children

As you may know, the Mega Million lottery is up to about $540 million (and probably will grow higher). Standing in a convenience store today, I considered buying a ticket (just for fun, of course). I began to imagine all the good that I could do with such a prize (think rationalization). Then a passage hit me between the eyes (not literally): “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction” (1 Tim. 6:9). Whoa. I almost purchased the potential (okay, the odds are 175 million to one) ruin and destruction of my family, marriage and children. Now, there are many other ways to bring my home down to ruin. Nevertheless, have you ever researched the lives of folks who win massive lottos? It ain’t pretty, and it is the deceived fool who thinks that he will be the exception. As the Bible wisely warns us, the idol of immeasurable weath is deadly viper. So my prayer today is that I would be more than content to have my treasure stored up in heaven, where God has storehouses of immeasurable grace to dispense forever.  

  • Thanks for this today! I look at my house, our borrowed truck and WISH I could have a bigger house, my own car, not have to worry about bills, etc. But I would be always wishing for something “better” if that were to happen. I have a great daughter, a husband who loves me, a roof over my head and food on the table. And most importantly..a GOD who loves me. So again, thanks for this. It came at a GREAT time.

  • Thanks for the encouraging comment, Emilie! You are so right about “most importantly” — isn’t that awesome. And doesn’t that give you motivation to love your precious little girl and husband, as well as be grateful for the other good gifts?