Today within minutes of each other, I read
two messages of hope.
One was a story about a man who won
millions. The other was about a man
who just lost his job.
So, how do I see hope in either story?
The now wealthy man was rich beyond
measure long before he won the money.
The now unemployed man was rich
beyond measure long before he lost
Both men are dedicated to family,
friends, faith-filled, loving and well
loved in return.
So, where do I see hope?
In how they choose to respond to life.
Both have choices to make to get them
to where they want to go.
The now wealthy man could end up
The unemployed man could become a
Neither circumstance has anything to do with
money. It has everything to do with the choices
Both are facing an abrupt change in lifestyle.
Both are facing storms.
I watched today as the clouds came rolling into the
area. We were recently slammed by heavy rains
which caused flooding throughout the east coast.
That storm passed. The sun came out and all was
well. The return of yet another rainstorm almost
But it is life.
I realized as I stood watching the clouds
overhead that if I got in my car and drove in
almost any direction I would eventually find
the end of the storm.
Like these two men, if we go far enough on
the road we choose we can out run any storm.
If we stand strong enough in place
we can let the storm pass over us.
So, what does it take to get through the storm?
It all comes down to the choosing.
Enough. Enough time, enough belief, enough
faith, enough love, enough hope. Both men
are fully equipped with all those values.
Still, the enemy will step into the middle of every
storm and use weapons of fear and doubt.
Fear of the unknown isn't the worst. Doubt is.
Doubt undermines your beliefs. Doubt blinds
the truth. I may not know what will happen,
but if I doubt that good will come of it I will
be lost in the storm.
Whenever I see an image of someone who won
the lottery I always say a prayer for them.
I do the same when I see images of people who
just lost their job.
That's my weapon.
I've been unemployed, I've never been a millionaire.
I survived unemployment. I've survived many storms.
I'm not sure if I'd survive being a millionaire.
I can hear you saying "I'd like to give it a try!"
Please don't see this as bragging, but I help
Lots of people in many ways. I've had this
conversation with God many times.
"God, if you'd let me win big in the lottery,
you know I could help a lot more people."
God's reply has always been, "Then help
a lot of people with what you have now."
You don't need a lot of anything in life, you just
To both men, I promise "I'll see you in my prayers."
I know you will both remain rich beyond measure.
Choose wisely and with God as counselor.
It's the only way I make it through the storms.
"I wish you enough!"
special thanks to Bob Perks for use of
of his inspirational writings, © 2010.
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