One of the new shows that my boys and I have been enamored with is “Deal or No Deal?”. It airs on Monday Nights at 8:00 p.m.. It is very exciting to be watching something with them that we both enjoy. You can only watch so many animated films before you begin to dream of “Bambi and Thumper” bounding through the woods, or “Cars-Lightning McQueen and Mater” on the race track. So on Monday Nights we sit and cheer as people open cases at the number of their choice and do the crazy things people do on their way to winning fame and fortune. My youngest even does a happy dance, which he holds his hands over his head and jumps in a circular fashion, when the deal is accepted and money is awarded.
The other night a man was having a great run. He worked his way up to being offered the highest amount of money I had seen in the short time I had been watching the show. It was $198,000. Gordon, the boys and I were watching in anticipation as he was asked by Howie, “Deal or No Deal”. My youngest hollered, “He’s going to take it!” The man looked at his family, he listened to the roar of the crowd, he looked at the board where he viewed the $1,000,000 and said,”No Deal”. What made this man turn down that much money?
Now I don’t know about you, but I think I might be able to do a lot with $198,000. I could tithe first, of course. I could pay off some things. I could put away some money for my kids college fund. OK, who am I kidding. I would also go and by a couple of new outfits including shoes.:)
What caused this man to keep going when all of that was at stake? He got greedy. Needless to say after turning down this offer, he began a downward spiral until he finally agreed to a considerably lower sum than before.
Life lessons come at some surprising times.
I was able to show my boys what happens when we fail to be content. Greed can show itself when we least expect it. The Bible says that whatsoever state I am in I need to be content. Living a life of contentment lowers our stress level. It keeps us from comparing ourselves and being jealous of the neighbors next door. I also think it makes God smile when we are happy with what he has chosen to give to us.
I examined my own heart. How often am I truly content? Well, I wish I could say that every time I was faced with the issue of contentment verses greed I chose contentment, but that would not be accurate. I want to be content. I think if more people were content with what they have, the crime rate would probably go down considerably.
Are you listening to your family, the crowd, or anyone else? or Are you listening to the still small voice who gives us what we need for each day?
“Deal or No Deal?” It’s all up to you!