November 15, 2010
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
Allen and Violet Large have been called the nicest Canadian couple in the world.
Now that's saying something, isn't it?
So are you curious about what makes them so nice? Some would say that Allen and Violet take the trophy because they are giving away their lottery winnings. That's right. In July the couple found out they hit the jackpot and were the proud caretakers of $11.3 million.
Now, at the beginning of November, they've managed to give most of their money away.
They've helped the local fire department, some churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the hospitals where Violet underwent cancer treatment.
Their list of groups to whom Allen and Violet have given their fortune is two pages long.
That's pretty impressive, but I don't think that puts them at the top of the nice list. What really gives them a boost in the ratings is their priorities and the way they talk about life.
Violet says, "What you've never had, you never miss."
Allen says, "That money that we won was nothing; we have each other."
The stories I've read don't tell if Violet and Allen are acquainted with the book of Hebrews. They ought to be; they seem to have adopted verse 13:5 as their motto for living.
They seem to understand what the Lord was trying to tell all of His people in this passage. They understand that God was saying if you keep your priorities in line, and are confident that He's there, watching out for you, you don't have to worry so much.
Indeed, you can even be content with your life.
This really leads to the next question: "Does God care about me?"
The answer is simple: He does. Look at the Bethlehem manger; stand at the Jerusalem cross; run to the Resurrection Sunday's empty tomb and you will see just how much God cares. He cares enough to sacrifice His Son so you -- and all who believe -- might have peace in this life and heaven in the next.
And a person can't care any more than that.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, You know I have my worries. You also know I haven't won $11.3 million. Even so, I have, in the person of Jesus Christ, been given the one thing which is needful: a Savior who loves and watches over me. May the things I say and do reflect my gratitude to Him. In His Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries