August 14, 2022
Reflections From the Heart of Allan Redenius
Oh boy! What a day! Life surely would have changed—if only. If only, I had won the $1.3 billion lottery prize last week. But I did not---I guess you must buy a ticket to have a chance. 😊
At the dinner table, probably like most of America, my family discussed, “What would we do with that much money?” I pray we would spend and use it wisely. But, without a doubt, a windfall of that much money would change anyone’s life.
Personally, the first thing I would do, after catching my breath, would be to sit down and have a time of prayer and talk with Jesus. With that much money, so much Kingdom work could be done. From feeding the hungry to caring for the orphans, God’s work is never done. I would want to be a good steward of the wealth entrusted to me.
Of course, I have my own personal wish list, which, by the way, would be fairly modest. After giving away a healthy portion of that fortune, then one needs to think about investing what remains. The after-tax proceeds of this lottery winning was somewhere around $700,000,000. That’s a LOT of money! If you invested it at a one percent rate of return, you would earn more money that you could spend in one year, $7,000,000. Talk about a well that never runs dry—a money tree that never stops growing.
So, besides buying a private jet and yacht (just kidding), how would you use that much money? Remember God told Solomon he could have anything he wanted, and Solomon chose wisdom. Because he chose wisely riches beyond measure were added unto Solomon.
If you wished you had won the lottery, I say….be careful what you wish for. As for me, if a Genie pops up and gives me one wish---I’m asking for a thousand more wishes. 😊
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.