Winning the Lottery

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Have you ever wondered what you would feel like if you won a million dollars in the lottery? Or came into a huge inheritance? Or discovered oil on your land?

I don’t play the lottery. And I have no millionaire relatives. And I don’t own the mineral rights to our land. So, none of these windfalls are likely to be coming my way. However, I do have an imagination. And from time to time I have allowed myself to fantasize about how I would react if I suddenly came into a huge amount of money.

I’d be overwhelmed with joy.

I can see myself now, outside, dancing in my front yard, and shouting “Woohoo!” until the 100+ degree Texas heat causes me to drop over with exhaustion.

With that in mind, I felt  rather guilty when I read today’s verse from Biblegateway.com:  “I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches” (Psalm 119:14, NIV).

Hmmmmmm. When was the last time I was outside, dancing in my front yard and shouting “Woohoo!” about God’s word?

Yet time after time, the Scriptures declare themselves to be a treasure far surpassing the most opulent worldly wealth.

In Psalm 19, the psalmist declares God’s words to be  “more precious than gold,  than much pure gold,” (Psalm 19:10a, NIV). In another place, the psalmist writes, “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold,” (Psalm 119:72, NIV).

At this writing, gold is selling for just under $1200 an ounce;  silver’s a bit cheaper at about $18 per ounce.  But who of us would turn up our noses at thousands of pieces of silver and gold?

Yet often my Bible gathers dust while I watch TV. Or devote my attention to things that have no eternal significance.

Do I really believe that God’s word is more valuable than anything this world offers?

If so, how should that be reflected in my life?

Just wondering.

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About James Pence
Author, speaker, singer, performance chalk artist -- Drawing the stories of your heart. Follow me @jameshpence and check out my blog: Creative Chaos.

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