So they say you can’t win if you don’t play. Well, how about you play but not the right way!
I was helping at an event and there was a raffle for charity. $1/ticket or 13 for $10. I gave my Hamilton for 13 and was trying to decide if I should put them all in one bag to increase the chances there or take my chance with 13 different options. There were over 30 bags on the table and many had lots of tickets. I put a few here and there, but most in a John Deere bird house that would make a great addition to our yard and for some ornaments that were made from sand dollars and scrabble letters that spelled out hope. I wish I had taken a picture of the prizes so I could try to recreate them which is the reason I wanted to win them in the first place.
Anyways, a few days later after the event, I was finally unpacking and discovered the raffle tickets 🎟 at the bottom of the bag.
You know the drill. One side you fill out with your name and number and the other side that says keep this ticket, you keep.
Guess what I did?
Yep, kept the ones I filled out.
And the funny thing is that I was certain I would win and even saw the ladies who were pulling tickets stopping and discussing what they should do as they decided to just pull another ticket. I thought then it was because they couldn’t read someone’s writing but now I am convinced my ticket won but they had no way to contact me. Bummer salad!
I was happy to help at the event and was glad money was raised for charity, but not happy with my mistake in the raffle.
And so it goes with life, we want to win, we want to succeed, we want this or that only to be disappointed that those plans don’t always come to fruition. Of course this loss was due to my lack of attentiveness. But, my God has a plan and in His eyes I am His ultimate prize and winner regardless if I am minding all the details or not.
What else can I learn from that mistake?
What else can I take away?
I am still pondering that as I am sure there is more but I do know if I ever participate in something like that again I will double and triple check which ones I am keeping and which ones I am dropping in hopes to be pulled.
But the bigger lesson is to not get so upset when mishaps happen.
Learn to laugh at yourself and the situation which is not usually my initial knee jerk reaction.
And when life throws you lemons, start making that lemonade.
As for me, I now have all those tickets with my name and number on them so it will be a unique way to give someone my personal information. May as well not have those tickets go to waste! And furthermore, do I really need anything else cluttering our home or lives if I had won?
This is a good question to always ask before you make a purchase.
Be kingdom minded.
Earn all you can to give all you can to continue to make Christ’s kingdom known.
Moral of the story: Don’t put all your tickets in one bag waiting for the raffle to be drawn but rather put all your hope and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who is ready to lavish blessings into your heart and soul.
Be kingdom minded and store up treasure in heaven.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also be.”
Matthew 6.19-21 NIV
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