By: Ely Lagajino
The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble. Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)
The school year was almost over in PUC Naga View Campus, and so were my earnings. I applied for a part-time job on the farm so I could enroll in summer classes.
Based on my experiences in canvassing, I received more blessings from God when I worked during special occasions.
It would be my birthday next week so I thought of how I could convert such blessings while in school this time. I thought of buying a Sweepstakes ticket, with a fifty-million-peso jackpot. Winning will mean everything to finance my schooling and I could even help others, I thought.
So, I bought a ticket. It was timely enough because the raffle draw fell on my birthday. “Maybe God will bless me again as He blessed me in the past,” I told myself. The day after the draw I bought a newspaper that published the winning numbers.
I quickly went to the dorm and picked up my ticket and compared it. I covered the winning number in the newspaper with my hand and slowly slid my fingers. “Oops! The last number is eight, it’s the same as mine”, I whispered with much anticipation.
I slid my fingers a little more and the second to the last number is four, “still same as mine”… my heart went lubdub, lubdub, like a bass drum…I just couldn’t wait any longer so I slid my fingers to the third to the last number. Again, it was the same as mine. “I’m a millionaire,” I shouted.
Overcome with tremendous excitement to hit the jackpot, I uncovered the entire winning combination… then suddenly, pop! There goes my bubble, wrong combination. All my hopes and dreams vanished in thin air…
The Lord blessed me more on my Birthday with a lesson. Sweepstakes like Lotto are gambling activities which Christians should avoid. The chances of winning are like picking up one specific mongo bean from millions in a sack. If those beans represent people, the winner will deprive millions of individuals who bought a ticket that might have sacrificed the needs of their families.