Freely given, not forcibly taken

The recent frenzy over the Powerball billion+ prize was actually pretty helpful in giving me perspective on just how much money $1,000,000,000 is.

It’s a lot.

money2I’m sure we all saw the math dividing up the mega-prize into “mini” prizes of roughly $4,000,000 – one award for every person living in America.


Call me slow, but I never connected it taking THAT many millions to make a billion. I still can’t wrap my head around the trillions in debt hanging over our heads.

Like many of you, I had that moment of “that would be SO great if the powers-that-be at the Powerball factory would even just give each of us, say, $1,000,000 – leaving them 75% of the prize.” You know what I mean, that closed-eye moment feeling like we wouldn’t have to worry so hard about the future.

money3After all, it’s only logical.

Couldn’t the government just step in and take part of it?

No one needs that much. It’s only fair.

With the presidential primaries just around the corner it is impossible to not be aware of a growing tide of younger Americans who support the ideas of a more socialistic democracy.


As near as I can tell, the message is that all of the wealth has been vacuumed out of society at large, leaving nothing in the coffers for our individual rights to free education and healthcare.

The relatively small number of billionaires could quite easily provide that for the rest of us.

On the surface that, too, seems only logical.

money3In our eyes, it really wouldn’t take THAT much if they spread it out among each of them.

Couldn’t the government just step in and take part of it?

No one needs that much. It’s only fair.

I suppose it’s all relative though.

Crunching the numbers, aren’t we part of that incredibly small percentage of the world’s population that live better than did the kings of old?

We turn on a magic faucet and clean, hot water pours out, enough to just stand under and let the stress of the day melt away.

Or we pull an item out of our large and packed refrigerators and pop it into our microwaves to be instantly cooked and ready to be consumed.

You get the idea.

povertyI would imagine that there are many, many, many who hear about such luxurious living and say to themselves “that would be SO great if those who have so much would just divide up a portion of it and send it to us.” It’s not hard to imagine their moment of that closed-eye feeling of not having to worry so hard about the future.

In their eyes, it really wouldn’t take much if we spread it out among each of us.

money3Couldn’t the government just step in and take part of it?

After all, no one needs that much. It’s only fair.

What worries me the most about this line of thought is that by forcing the one to care for the others, we are embracing the plan that we all rejected in the pre-existence.

Forcing us to do good deeds, whether we like it or not.

But that’s just not what we chose.

We chose to choose.

So here’s the deal:

There isn’t going to be a division of Powerball winnings among the citizenry. There isn’t going to be a raid on the hidden bank accounts of those with more than enough for their own needs.

And I’m glad.

We’d be sliding pretty quickly down a slope we probably wouldn’t be able to climb back from.

But since we chose to choose, I can choose what I do with my own proverbial Powerball winnings and relative wealth – things I’ve been blessed with that are much more valuable than money.

After all, there are many, many areas in my life in which I know I’ve already hit the jackpot.

hand 2I’ve realized I don’t need that much. It’s only fair.

But no one has to forcibly take from me.

I’ll give freely.

Funny though, the more I give the more I seem to get in return.

And you?

What can you choose to freely give?


If you think about it, you really can’t afford NOT to.

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