“In my heart, I just know that I’m going to be rich someday,” she said, with a faraway look in her eyes.
A friend had stopped over for a brief chat, and what she’d said really gave me pause.
It occurred to me that every one of us harbors a secret wish like that one – that, something rightfully ours hasn’t reached us yet, but it will. And once it does, all of our problems will be solved.
There’s a fine line between the firmament of faith and magical thinking. God isn’t sitting around, waiting for us to finally just ask already for that winning lottery ticket. There really isn’t one specific, out-of-this-world thing that will solve all our problems.
We think if we can finally get our hands on that one “open-sesame” thing we can finally:
- Pay off the bills
- Lose weight
- Find true love
Or to sum it up…be happy.
But, of course, all of these things come with their own particular set of problems. If you do win the lottery, chances are, you’ll spend most of your money on things you really don’t need. Relatives will come out of the woodwork, asking you to bankroll their pet projects. And of course, the taxman cometh.
Maybe that one elusive thing can be accomplished over time, the way we pay off a bill. We could do one little thing every day that takes us from standing still to moving forward.
The American Delusion is that we’re destined to win the lottery, be an overnight success, or discover buried treasure at the beach.
The American Dream is appreciating the blessings you currently have, and taking whatever baby steps you can toward your soul’s goal. You’ll be amazed at how many times God shows up to walk with you when you light out on that path.