Eventually someone “will get lucky. As in real, real lucky.” That’s how one journalist described the current situation in the Mega Millions lottery. I would like to challenge that notion.
With the pot currently at $1.6 billion, if “someone” wins, they will have their entire life turned completely upside down, and much of it won’t necessarily be for the better.
How’s that, you might ask? I’ll give you two reasons…
Reason #1: The winner will think that their financial problems were solved. Nope. They simply exchanged one set of financial problems for another. Who do you trust to help you invest the money? How do you avoid being scammed by attorneys, investors, financial advisors? The more money you have, the money you have to worry about.
Reason #2: Many of their “friends” and family will become annoying parasitic groupies… others will become bitter when the winner is not more generous with their newfound wealth. So, plenty of strained and ruptured relationships await the winner.
Let me tell you who would be the most fortunate to win this large sum of money… someone who is already in the top 1% of earning. Why? Well think about it. They’ve already learned who to trust in helping them rightly handle their wealth. They’ve already had lots of experience in how to navigate relationships with family and friends when it comes to their wealth. And, especially for those who have earned their wealth via hard work (and smart work) over a long period of time, they are less apt to let the mega money change them as individuals.
I’ve only listed two, of several, reasons why getting very rich, very quick is not a wise pathway to satisfaction in life.
There is a reason why the Bible says..
“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.” (Proverbs 13.11, NLT)
“Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.” (Proverbs 15:16, ESV)
Riches are not bad by nature. But here is a word for the wise… if you want them, get them through hard, and smart, work over time.
Live in such a way that if you don’t get riches, you still have a great life. And if you do get them, they won’t change your character.