By Kippy Meyers
Herbert Chun of New South Wales in
Australia learned a hard lesson about some of the many hardships
that can be associated with riches. He won $70,000 in the lottery.
Upon learning of his winnings, he was so excited that he fell dead
of a heart attack. The same thing happened to William Lane after he
won $250,000 in the lottery. The same thing happened to Harold
Richards. I suspect that there are other examples of this. I don't
suppose that anyone would say, "Winning the lottery was the best
thing that ever happened to them."
There are other, even more significant
problems associated with having a lot of this world's goods (1
Timothy 3:10). One problem is that those who are "minded to be rich
fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful
lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition" (1 Timothy
If Herbert, William, and Harold could
rewrite history, do you think that they would buy the lottery ticket
that brought their doom?
In times when cast becomes sparse, let us make
sure that our attitudes regarding riches are noble (Luke 12:15). The
best and most important things in life cannot be bought with cash.
Illustrations That Illustrate, The World Evangelist, Feb.
2002, p. 17.