BY DR. JAMES L. SNYDER
During a recent lottery shindig, everybody was watching to see who was going to win all that money. Even I got all caught up in the excitement and was on the edge of my seat.
“Why,” the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, “are you so interested in that lottery?”
“Well,” I said as soberly as possible, “what if I win all that money? Wouldn’t that be tremendous?” Then I flashed a gracious million-dollar smile at her.
She just stared at me, rolled her eyes and walked away. As she was walking away, she mumbled something like, “You gotta pay if you’re gonna win.”
Oh yeah, I thought to myself.
I am sitting in my chair wondering what in the world I would do with all that money if I actually would win it when in reality I am not even playing. I just got all caught up with the idea of winning money.
I am not a skeptic, mind you, I just do not believe everything I hear or see these days.
I am not against winning money; I want to win as much money as I can. However, I think it is a ruse to get people’s attention. Even I was watching to see who was going to win all of that money.
Again, I am not a skeptic, but I wonder if that person that won all that money was a real person? Or, was it some kind of ruse to get people to watch television at that point?
From another angle, how much did they really pay that woman to say that she won all that money?
Okay, okay I admit it! I am a skeptic. But I’m a skeptic with good intentions. At least I believe they are good. I just do not want to be sold a bill of goods that somebody is trying to take advantage of me.
I do not believe everything I see and hear. I do not agree with everything I see or hear these days. How in the world could you? How in the world could anybody?
I try to be careful because I know not everybody has an agenda and not everybody is out to pick my pocket. It only takes one person to cause me to be very cautious about everything.
I think one of the great areas where I need to be very cautious is in religion.
That is one of the reasons why I am a Christian. I do not have anything in my pocket that God would want to pick. There is nothing I have that would in any way enrich the heavenly coffers of God.
So much God has I desire and want in my life. I cannot enrich God, but God can enrich me beyond my wildest imagination. Believe me; my imagination can get pretty wild at times.
The only way I can really find out what God has for me is to commit myself to the systematic reading of God’s word.
I believe David in the Old Testament understood the riches that God had for his people. He wrote, “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation” (Psalms 149:4).
It would be wonderful to win $750 million, but after all, it is only money and eventually that money runs out. God’s pleasure never runs out.
Dr. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com.