Yesterday evening, we ordered take-out from Pickup Stix, and watched four episodes of ‘Rita’, a couple of episodes of ‘White Collar’, and one episode of ‘Remington Steele’.
Yesterday, at work, I was asked if I had purchased a ticket for the Mega Millions Jackpot. The prize money was 640 Million. It was the largest Jackpot to go to one person in history. I had not, and I explained that I do not gamble. Actually, I should have explained that I do not feel that the Lord wants me to donate His money in that way. All that I have is His, and I should use it to build His kingdom, and not so I can retire in luxury.
This morning, I did some research on where the Jackpot money goes. Much of it goes to education. Although, much of it also goes to individuals. I don’t think that that is a wise use of the Lord’s money. Money and wealth should be shared. It should not just go to individuals. If it goes to individuals, then they usually keep it for themselves. What a waste, because that money could have been used for wiser purposes. Furthermore, the only reason that people say that they play the lottery, is because they want to win the jackpot. They don’t want to donate to education. Therefore, I do not support lotteries.
I don’t have much, but compared to the overall world-wide population, I have a lot! I found this link: “How the world’s wealth is distributed – the top two percent own half”. This 2006 article says:
“. . . the richest 2% of adults in the world own more than half of global household wealth. The most comprehensive study of personal wealth ever undertaken also reports that the richest 1% of adults alone owned 40% of global assets in the year 2000, and that the richest 10% of adults accounted for 85% of the world total. In contrast, the bottom half of the world adult population owned barely 1% of global wealth. The research finds that assets of US$2,200 per adult placed a household in the top half of the world wealth distribution in the year 2000. To be among the richest 10% of adults in the world required US$61,000 in assets, and more than US$500,000 was needed to belong to the richest 1%, a group which — with 37 million members worldwide — is far from an exclusive club.”
My family definitely falls within the top 1%, as do many other American families. Although, we are usually selfish with our wealth. I know that I am, but I am trying to improve.
At this time, there is a big debate as far as if the wealthy pay enough in taxes. I found conflicting articles about whether the rich pay their fair share in taxes, so the answer to that question will be answered on another day.
So, regardless of that issue, I need to do what’s best. When the Lord gives to me, I need to share, because I am very blessed.
“And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him.
Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, . . . yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One – yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.” (Helaman 12:1-2)
This is what I previously wrote after reading Helaman 12: Keeping Focused On God’s Purposes