The other day I found a lottery ticket, and noticing that it had a recent date, I decided to check the numbers: 12-20-27-38-75-4.  Much to my jubilation and surprise, I discovered that it was a winning ticket*.


In  my dreams!

I did not win the Mega Lotto.  However, I did have a tremendous revelation the other day: I am rich.

We each have different things that we value and treasure.  We each have a different definition of what wealth really is.

For some it is health, as they say “your health is your wealth”.  I am blessed with very good health.

Many (and the main stream media) will measure wealth by the size of one’s bank account, financial assets, and the things that can be purchased.  Financial wealth is a big deal in our modern society.  Millionaires and billionaires grace the covers of magazines and talk shows, are sought out for their sage advice, and are treated like celebrities wherever they make a public appearance.

Who remembers watching the show, “The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous?”  Viewers were amazed and aghast at the decadence of having more money than one can spend reasonably.  I have been blessed financially – my needs can be met.

What I have discovered is that I am wealthy in relationships.  I am thankful for the many people who are in my life.  I have several close, intimate friends who have walked beside me through very difficult times.  I have people I can call in the middle of the night and they will rush to my side if necessary.  I have people that will sit across a table, share a cup of coffee, listen to my ramblings, and will shed tears with me.

There are people in my life that I care for and pray for on a regular basis.  I am deeply concerned about their lives and well-being.  I hope that if they face a dark trial that they would be willing to call me in the middle of the night, and I would drive through a blizzard to meet and comfort them as best I can.

I am rich, I am rich in friends.  I am greatly blessed because of the people in my life.  I will live as a wealthy person, enjoying life with these people, and being content with their company.

(Jesus said): My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  John 15: 12-15

How about you?  What can you do today to enhance your relationships and draw your friends closer?  The people in your life are what truly matters!  Spend some time investing in them, and then you will acquire true wealth.

*P.S.  After writing this post, I did win in the NY State Lottery.  As a whim, my sister sent me a scratch-off ticket, and we won a whopping $17.  Not quite enough to retire on.

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