For some reason the last couple days I have been thinking about money and more specificially what would I do if I ever got a check for $500,000? Some people think about getting a million bucks, winning the big Powerball jackpot, but for me I tend to think about a little bit less than a million bucks.
To be quite honest I can’t even imagine what a check like that would look like. Some people may think my inability to dream about a check that big may be limiting my potential to go out and get that check, but for where I am in my life right now seeing a check that big is very hard to imagine. But as I think about all this money, there are people getting checks like this and checks even bigger.
To go back and address my question, what would I ever do if I got a check for $500,000? To dream is fun and so with this check I would put $400,000 in the bank and use $100,000 for a down payment on my next house, buy a very nice present for my folks, Heather’s folks, my siblings and Heather’s brother.
But I think the bigger question about getting a check for $500,000 is, would this money make me happy? As I discussed this question with my wife strangely enough she brought up a passage of scripture she had read the day before. The passage of scripture was from I Timothy chapter 6:6-10, “6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” NIV
Would it be fun to have a check for $500,000? Of course it would, but until you get that much money, one would never know if it would make you happy. Maybe some day I’ll get the chance to meet someone who has that much money and truely pick their brain if it is making them happy.