The Powerball was a spectacle and certainly worth a billion dollar conversation. I wonder if it will ever get as high as it did this week – and if it will, we’ll see the same kind of thirst; “So you’re saying there’s a chance?” – Dumb and Dumber. Sometimes, we’re filthy stupid and even stacks of cash couldn’t mask that truth.
@insightphil posts a picture of his numbers, garners over 800 likes, and captions “is about to have a great chance to change the world : )”. My response to him is to you as well.
How will you change the world with the money if you’re not changing the world currently without the money? Society is gullible to think that charity is often the cure to injustice, but when the moon sets and the clubs open, the same bank account that is generous to provide water in Africa may be the same wallet that buys bottles and some form of acceptable prostitution.
The world starts with the person in front of you. And without being accepting, forgiving, and loving to that person with or without the using the dollar menu, there won’t be change in the world. If changing the world starts with money, then we’re surely lost and vampires are real. The top 1% isn’t doing the changing it thinks it can do- it waits until someone in that 1% receives lottery money to do so. And by waiting for POWERBALLS to do the world changing for us, it’s a mockery to precious human life and we should be ashamed of ourselves.
To change the world in front of us, it won’t take luck and compromise. It’ll take heart and life. It doesn’t take a “one in 292 million” chance to help the person in front of me; it takes a 1 in 1 chance to do so. The 1 in 1 that I say, “This person is worth it” and the 1 in 1 to actually try to love and the capacity of that success is boundless through time and effort.
Jesus, you love me not because I’m lucky but because of your grace and mercy. Help me to stop thinking that loving others is a gamble. It’s a choice that counts and wins each time.