Dear FBC Faith in Action Partners,
Last week, much of the country caught a mysterious ailment known as “lottery fever”. This ailment is mysterious because its victims spend untold amounts of money on a ticket that has little to no chance of winning. I understand that it’s easy to dream of the wonderful things that we would do and buy if we hit the mega-jackpot, but please don’t get caught up in that fantasy.
Let’s talk reality. Those who regularly play the lottery fall prey to get-rich-quick schemes and the allure of gambling. They use money that they don’t have to try to create money that they rarely win. Trying to win “the big one” does not contribute to the commitment of dfree living; it merely sustains illusions and postpones the end of enslavement to debt.
God calls us to live in the present even as we keep our minds and hearts on eternity. This duality applies to our finances as well. Instead of trying to get rich quick, accept your present reality and take responsibility for how you got to this point. Appreciate each day as a gift from God and use this time to get serious and improve your economic woes. Set concrete goals with target dates.
One state lottery system asks us to Give Our Dreams a Chance. I say Don’t Gamble Your Dreams Away. Implement the dfree strategy now.
DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.