What would you do if you won a million dollars?
In April of 2018, that dream came true for a man in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He bought a lottery ticket that won the prize of $1.5 million. What makes his story so unique, and why it made headlines, is that it happened to him again! Five months later, he won another major prize, this time $2 million. Few people even win once, so the odds of winning a combined $3.5 million in one year are incredible! According to a CBC news article, the man bought a new home for his family, and plans to use his winnings to purchase a business and get a higher education.
What made me stop and think about this story was a detail that seemed strange to me. If this individual had already won $1.5 million, why did he keep buying lottery tickets? Didn’t he have enough? And now that he has won another $2 million, is that going to be enough?
Perhaps you’ve never won the lottery, but have you ever met some personal goal, only to feel let down afterwards? You know you should be happy, because you’ve finally done what you wanted to, but the satisfaction just isn’t there. The truth is, no amount of money can satisfy us completely. No matter how much we have, there’s always something more that we don’t have yet.
She discovered that He had something to offer her that no one else ever hadMany years ago, there was a woman who went through the same thing. It wasn’t money that disappointed her, but relationships. Time after time, she had been let down, and nothing gave her lasting satisfaction. One day, beside a well, a man asked her to give him a drink. After talking with Him, she discovered that He was the Lord Jesus Christ, and He had something to offer her that no one else ever had.
The Lord Jesus wanted to give her “living water,” which is a picture of the eternal life that He can give. He noted the difference between the water you get from a well, and the water that He gives: “whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst” (John 4:13-14).
Are you looking for something that lasts? Something that really satisfies? Money can disappear, and even people can disappoint you. There is only one person who can give you what you really need. The Lord Jesus offers peace and rest to those who will turn from their sins, and come to Him. He doesn’t turn away anyone who comes to Him for salvation. The woman who met Him at a well discovered that He alone can give you what is truly satisfying. And He can satisfy you as well.
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