Saturday, March 31, 2012

640

As I write this on Friday evening, tonight's Mega Millions jackpot was estimated to be $640 million. Over half a billion smackers. That is a truly amazing sum of money. I have no idea if anyone won it but like everyone else, I've imagined what I would do if I were the lucky winner.

First thing is I could buy any audio equipment I wanted. I imagine having speakers fly in and out of the house as I order and audition them, and keep trying different ones looking for perfection. 

And that's about it. There's really nothing else I would go spending money on.

With that much money, how could you possibly spend it?  And it is simply overkill to put it all away into a savings account or other investment because just how much money does one really need?  So I think I would probably wind up giving a large portion to the church and other charities. 

That's what I say now. Were I to really win, I think I would become a shopping fiend, buying more and more, increasingly useless and impractical stuff mainly because of having what would seem like an unending supply of funds.

There is a passage in the Bible in which the writer asks of God that he not be too rich, lest he forsake his dependence on Him, yet not be too poor lest it causes him to do evil in order to survive. He asks instead to be given just enough for his daily bread - a "baby bear right" amount. Jesus said the same thing - when we pray, ask our Father to give us our daily bread. 

I think that's very wise. No matter how good my intentions may be, I know that if I were indeed to win such a huge amount of money, that I would become foolish and careless.  Not only that, but life would be so different and probably not for the better - there would never be a moment of privacy anymore and there would be endless concerns about security (safety). 

The saying goes, "you can't have too much of a good thing" and I agree. But the thing is, what exactly is a "good thing?" After mulling this over, I didn't buy my chance at $640 million. As if I even had a chance, right?  But chance or no chance, I really do feel like the most I should ever ask for is my daily bread. God's always given that to me and there's never been a need for one bit more. 

2 comments:

donna said...

I feel the same way. I didn't buy a chance either, but I wish I could have enough money so that Bill could quit his job. He is so stressed. Poor thing. (cracking my whip!)

Rickie Miyake said...

Yes I am so relieved I didn't win and have to deal with what to do with $640 million. Haha.. well maybe a smaller, more manageable jackpot will come your way!