Lottery Tickets for Down Under

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Proverbs 21:20

The wise save for the future.

A few years ago, I taught a composition class to a group of home schoolers. One of their assignments was to write a proposal for how their family should spend some considerable sum of money. One boy, Chandler, had a grandiose plan that would take his entire family to Australia to chase crocodiles or something like that. The class pointed out to Chandler that his plan would involve a great deal of money that his family couldn’t simply wish into existence.

Undaunted, he smiled and explained his plan for that slight inconvenience: “Lottery tickets!” he proclaimed. “We’ll just buy a bunch of lottery tickets.”

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last twenty-some years, lottery tickets pay a whopping 45 cents on the dollar. That means that if you buy $100 worth of them, you can expect to walk away with $45. Of course, since a tiny number win big, the bulk of people will finish with less than  even that $45.

Playing the lottery, as Chandler surely understands by now, is not saving for the future. Saving for the future involves socking away that $100 or whatever you can manage, leaving it alone until you actually need it.

While God doesn’t seem to bless lottery ticket purchases for most people, He will bless our efforts when we demonstrate our trust in Him by saving for the future.

  • Are you a saver or a spender? What traits of these types do you possess?
  • What stands in the way of you making the most of your savings opportunities?
  • Will you pray diligently in the coming week about what God wants you to do to save for your future? Will you trust Him to open the way for that?