A Million Dollars

By: Rick Slager

Proverbs 1:1-3

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:  for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair…

God asked Solomon what he would choose if he could have anything in the world. Solomon asked for knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Because Solomon did not ask for wealth or material things, God granted him all three. Solomon went on to become a wealthy man.

In 4th grade, we were asked to write an essay about what we would do if we won a million dollars. I wrote that I did not want the million dollars because I thought it might dramatically and negatively impact my life.  I had loving, supportive parents and lived in a nice community surrounded by family and friends. As far as I was concerned, we had everything we could want or need.

I am embarrassed to say for much of the last four decades, I have been in search of that 4th grade child.  

The world just seems to get in the way. Yet, together our search continues. We support each other in a greater understanding and appreciation of life and ourselves; of who we are and how we fit into this world; an appreciation of our gifts and talents and the gifts and talents of others.

We are humbled when we realize we have no right to be judgmental for none of us is without sin. We learn the futility of hatred and envy and the power of love and forgiveness. We gain a sense of joy while allowing ourselves to experience a depth of sorrow that may at times seem unbearable. We discover comfort in our pain and enlightenment in times of darkness. We recognize that it’s not about things, but experiences; treasured memories, not memorabilia.

Best of all, our search allows us to reclaim that sense of peace and contentment that only comes when we rediscover that we are, and will always be, that child of God, loved unconditionally and for eternity.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: When in your life were you the most content and what made you that way? What would you do with a million dollars?