One of the great joys of our ministry is the pleasure we have of meeting new people. Joanie Bruce is a fellow author who we've become great friends with. She has agreed to share a guest post with our readers. Thanks Joanie!
Yesterday, the lottery made it up to $320 million dollars, but did I win? Nope! It was probably because I never bought a ticket. 🙂 But … I was thinking about winning all that money and what I would love to do with it. It was nice to dream about the things I would like to buy until I read my devotions this morning. Then it hit me. I’m really glad I DIDN’T win all that money. Today, the verse that spoke to me was in Proverbs, chapter 27, and verse 7. It says… “The full soul loatheth an honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”
I believe that verse proves that it’s harder for someone who has everything to appreciate the things they have—even the good things in life mean nothing because they were easy to come by. But, to those who have nothing, or struggle for what they have, everything means more. Does that make sense to you?
How much happier I am when I struggle for things, or work for what I have. I appreciate every little thing so much more. I never thought I would thank the Lord for NOT winning money from a lottery or a sweepstakes, but I believe with all my heart that I’m happier when I have a “hungry soul,” because even the bitter things in life turn out to be sweet.
I just loved Joanie's spin on this. While I'm not sure I'm as opposed to winning the lottery as she is :), I could really relate to her rationale. We've all seen the kids who are spoiled with material things and end up with a giant sized sense of entitlement and no work ethic. Unfortunately, this is all too common. Joanie's so right. A 'hungry soul' can really provide the launch pad for a very satisfying journey.
Joanie Bruce is the author of Marked for Murder. Her book, blog and art can be found at http://www.joaniebruce.com. Stop by and check her out.