Recently, a man in Melbourne, Australia, “accidentally” became a multi-millionaire by winning the lottery twice.
He said he accidentally entered the drawing twice with the same number—the number that was worth
$1 million in the U.S.
When’s the last time you accidentally won $2 million? Oh, never, you say?
Even more surprising is that this isn’t the first time an incident like this has happened.
In 2013, another Melbourne resident won two different prizes from the same drawing. But her winnings of $638,000 pale in the light of $2 million.
When we poor college students hear stories like these, it’s easy to think, “Wow, that must be nice.” Or sigh, thinking about how we’ll be “old and gray” before we make that much money, if we ever do.
Because we are fallen human beings, it’s our natural tendency to not want to work for our money, to have an “easy life” handed to us by the luck of the draw.
As Christians, we recognize that God commands us to work for our money.
2 Thess. 3:10 tells us that those who don’t work should not eat, and Prov. 10:4 says, “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
After reading this verse, it’s easy to understand why statisically 70 percent of lottery winners go broke within five years of hitting their big jackpot.
Pressure from family, friends and simply the overwhelming magnitude of their newfound wealth drive many lottery winners to develop costly drug and alcohol addictions, gambling habits, or the misperception that they will now never reach the bottom of their money barrel.
And over half of those who hit the jackpot quit their jobs after their win.
We are created to work; therefore, we will not be satisifed with or blessed by lazy pursuits.
These principles of hard work can be applied to all areas of our lives, not just to jobs and monetary gain.
How much effort do you put into your schoolwork? Your relationships with others? Your relationship with God?
Luke 16:10 says, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”
Instead of viewing daily tasks such as studying for a five-point quiz or taking out the trash as mundane, view them as a chance to be faithful in the little things.
Give your all, and rest in God’s promise of blessings.