Life Is Not A Lottery

lotto-484801_1280My wife and I try to make road trips interesting by buying scratch off lottery tickets in every state through which we travel. We just stopped in Illinois and bought five $1 tickets. The odds of winning our $1 back are 1 in 10. The odds of winning the grand prize of $500 a week for life are 1 in 4 million. Needless to say, we didn’t win the grand prize. In fact, we didn’t even win $1 back. Sometimes I treat life like the lottery. Maybe I’ll just get lucky and things will work out. Maybe I’ll just move to the right place at the right time and the right job will ignite my passion and purpose and I’ll be on my way loving what I do. Maybe my relationships will be amazing without having to be intentional. Maybe I’ll just be lucky. Or maybe I won’t.

Doesn’t disciplined investing more consistently yield better financial results than playing the lotto? Doesn’t relational intentionality develop greater intimacy than serendipitous connection? Maybe there’s a reason hard working, disciplined, intentional individuals seem happier and less stressed. It’s not that chance doesn’t happen, but that they’re not relying on chance for their success.

Keep the lotto for Christmas stockings and road trip entertainment. When it comes to life, I think you and I will do better with discipline and intentionality.

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