Prompt from Krista: You’ve just won $1 billion dollars in the local lottery. You do not have to pay tax on your winnings. How will you spend the money?

Now that would be a miracle for sure! Since I won’t even buy a 25 cent stake in an office pot, or a $1.00 raffle ticket on a beautiful handmade quilt! I have Christian friends who don’t have quite such total aversion to gambling. I think it is funny when they say they are just giving the Lord an opportunity to bless them. So they buy ten lottery tickets. I guess they think God needs to have ten chances just in case he can’t find just one ticket. Okay, now back to the prompt. Pretending big time!

I feel like a Miss American candidate. “First, I would use it to end world hunger and rebuild New Orleans. Then with what I have left, I would buy my poor grandmother a house. And, then I would pay my student loan.” So much for Miss America.

Let’s try out how I would do as a church secretary. “First, I would pay the utility bills and buy groceries for everyone who comes by this week. Of course I would pay my tithes here to my home church. A hundred million dollar facility for our eighty member congregation might get some attention in our local community. We could probably add 20% to our church. That would be about six million dollars per additional person. We would be able to support a few missionaries….” (Watch God shake his head.)

The newspaper just got wind of my landfall, and the powers that be succeeded in voting me in as mayor of our town! We will now have enough money to finish the soccer fields. But the council couldn’t decide where to build them so I resigned as mayor.

I’m going to stay on my little acre for a few months while I get my head together enough to decide whether or not I want to become the person I would become if I had a billion dollars. Right off the top of my head, I rather like me; not too sure whether I want to be what a billion dollars would make me. But …tomorrow I think I will call the tree trimmers….

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Faye says:

    Love the dream. Oh what good could be done in the world if Christians who win big money would spread it for the purposes of the Kingdom. I think sometimes God keep most of us journeying with little so we can learn the true principles of the widow’s mite.I’m so grateful we have made this connection. Bless you! Have your heard anything re Blogging 201?

  2. oneta hayes says:

    Have you not been getting your assignments for 201? I’ve been receiving them, but they are basically beyond what I have the technical know-how for doing them. Good Ideas for building readership but I haven’t kept up. Thanks for your comment on the “billion dollar quantry.” What I wrote was very much tongue in cheek but you are right that much could be done with more money used generously for the things Jesus care about.

  3. If only the Lord could trust His people. …His people would have more…Lord, help me to be faithful.

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