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THE BIG QUESTION

“What things are important and what things are trivial?”


Christmas night 2002, Jack Whittaker had five out of five numbers in the West Virginia Power ball drawing. Jack Whittaker had just won $314 million, the largest undivided lottery jackpot in history. He took the one lump payment and received $113 million after taxes.


Listen closely to this part. He tithed, gave 1/10th of his winnings to his church. That’s $11.3 million…to his church.


Jack was a solid church attender and respected member of his church. Over the next few months he frequented a strip club called the Pink Pony, and was picked up for a DUI.


Over the next two years Jack’s marriage would dissolve, his granddaughter, who he had raised, would die from a drug overdose, his business deals would lead to numerous lawsuits, and close friends would abandon him as his winnings changed him to the point where many couldn't stand to be around him any more.


If I only had more money, I would be happy. Ever said it?

Man, if I won the lottery, I would be set.


What is important, what is worth wanting, chasing, pursuing?


(From Art Good’s Sermon: "Drop the Weight of Trivial Pursuits”)


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