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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Recently, the Super Lotto jackpot of over $180 million was won via a ticket purchased in Montego Bay. A little prior to this win, the world's oldest woman commented that her rarely achieved milestone was a curse from God.

Perhaps God gives a little too excessively at times, because $180 million and 125 years of age are a lot for just one person to have. Such abundance requires guidance and wisdom to match up to “the responsibilities” in receiving them.

Many have made the mistake of calling them blessings, curses or burdens, instead of “chances”. There are two biblical stories that can provide some clarity to one's fortunes or misfortunes in this regard.

The first is that of Job. He ascribed all that happened to him, both good and bad, to God. He even made intercessions to God for his grown children's lack of acknowledgement of God. “The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh way,” Job once stated. He also pointed out that he (we) came into this world with nothing as babies, so what is it if we leave likewise. In other words, the only thing that surely belongs to us, is our “duty” and even that is given by God.

The other story of enlightenment is the one about “the talents” (money) with which a ruler entrusted his servants. As with Job's story, responsibility is a central theme in this one; however, it additionally demonstrates what it is to be neglectful of one's duty, its consequences and, importantly, that “amounts” don't matter. Yeah, it is firstly about what drives you to do what you do, then what you actually do (with it).

May the Super Lotto winner see in this an opportunity to give the God whom we serve, the glory; $180 million worth of it.

May the centenarian be as humble and renewed like a child, and do likewise with what she had been given and what's left of it.

May we do the same with our $180, and our 125 months, or multiples, or fractions of them.

Andre O Sheppy

Norwood, St James


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