We have heard in recent years of some of the HUGE contracts player are getting. It seems that every off season is setting new records. Recent statistics tell us that 78% of players go broke or become financially stressed. Banpruptcy skyrockets for those who win the lottery, in this report. Many of you, like myself, feel that we would LOVE to give that a try, right? Maybe the money just went to the wrong people. We feel that we could handle it better if given the shot.
I am not so sure.
The age old question comes into play: what would you do with a million dollars? I am no pro prospect. For spiritual reasons, I am not going to buy a lottery ticket. The days of getting a large inheritance package are seriously dwindling. So, for me to speculate is just that: specualtion!
Proverbs 17:16 “Why does a fool have money in his hand when he has no intention of buying wisdom?”
So far, we have only discussed windfalls and pro prospects, both of which MOST will never acheive. However, let us consider for a moment everything else we have. If you are reading this, there is a LIKELY chance you own a lot of stuff. Rarely, doI find people reading blogs on the public library computers. You are reading them on your phones, tablets, phablets, laptops, smart TV’s, etc.
Take a quick inventory of the many items you have around. I’ll wait.
Now that you have that list, think about how much is invested in it.
- Smartphone: $700/ea. Family of four might have $2000 invested in phones.
- Computers: $1000/ea. Family might have 3-4
- Tablets: $250/ea. Family might have 2-3
- TV: $200-1500/ea. Family might have 2-5
- Cars: $30,000/ea. Family might have 2-4
- House: 150,000+
God has allowed us to have all of this stuff (money in our hands). What are we doing with it? In the list above, I just listed items. What if we considered the income we also have? God has been very gracious to so many of us. How are we showing our gratitude? Are we buying wisdom? Are we using those items to glorify God or ourselves? Are we using those items to spread the Gospel, encourage others, enable someone else?
You will probably never sign that contract, win the lottery, or even receive an inheritance. But, what you DO have can be useful for the Kingdom.