Money has been a source of tension and stress for people for as long as there have been bills to pay. People go to great lengths to get more money to spend on things they perceive they need. The lottery has been one method people have tried to use to accumulate more wealth. The problem is that most people don’t win, and those people who do win ruin their life.
There is a story I read this morning about a battle for the estate and monetary winnings of a man who won the lottery and then mysteriously died days before he collected his winnings. There is some dispute about how he died, but some are saying he was killed with cyanide. Now his siblings and widow are fighting over who gets what.
These cases seem to always miss something for me. For one, they have just recently lost a loved one in a tragic way. You would think that they would be able to work together in humility and love. It is a lot of money, but it is only money. It does make me wonder if the family was after his money. But, even so, does a lust for money make you want to kill family members to get it? That is absurd. I would rather earn what I have without controversy or conflict.
The Bible talks about money a great deal and the way we earn it.
“Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse” – Proverbs 28:26
Money does not solve problems. It does not cure illness. It does not do anything for you other than provide a resource for you to use. It is wise for us to remember that money does not define us and should never make use hurt other people. We need to get a grip as a society and start thinking differently about money.