10 Things I Would Have Done With The Money

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'sh11 play' photo (c) 2012, Upupa4me - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Yes.  You know what money.  The $550 million Powerball jackpot.  I didn’t have much hope of winning, but that didn’t keep me from making plans!

1.  Pay off all of my debts and all of my family’s debts.  As awesome as that would be, all I can think about right now is if that apostrophe is in the right place on family’s.  Any grammar people out there?

2.  Buy the property that I live on.  I think 40 acres would make a great place to start.

3.  Build a house…with a music studio in the basement.  I don’t know why, really, but it’s something I’ve always wanted.  Oh, and a pool.  And maybe a theater.  Oh, really, just about anything I want.

4.  Fully fund all of my nieces and nephews college educations.

5.  Quit work.  I actually gave my boss notice that if I won, I wouldn’t be back.  Then she gave me hers.  We’ve both got plenty of hobbies to keep us busy for a while.

6.  I would find some really fun ways to bless a lot of people.  Randomly pay off mortgages or cars or whatever needed done.  Just think.  How fun would it be to walk into a bank and say, “I’d like to pay off so-and-so’s mortgage today.”  The surprise on their face would be fantastic.

7.  Take a really long trip.  Actually, it probably wouldn’t be that long because I tend to really, really, really miss my own bed after being gone for a while, but I would definitely take the trips on my bucket list.  Ireland, Australia, London, etc.

8.  Worry that I wouldn’t use the money to its best use.  I don’t think I’d turn into Scrooge McDuck, but you never know.  I may build a vault and fill it with gold coins and swim in it occasionally and not share it.  I think, though, I’d worry enough about not doing that, that I’d probably give it all away, which would be WAY more fun.

9. I would set up some pretty incredible scholarships for my home school.  Keep it funded way beyond my lifetime.

10.  Do things that matter.  Most of those things above don’t have much lasting value.  Sure paying off debt frees up so many people.  That’s lasting.  But, really, if you’re going to win a lot of money, do things that matter.  I don’t mean build a monument that’s going to last a long time.  I mean change the lives of those around you.  Let’s face it, not many lives are changed by a pretty statue, but they’re changed by investing in relationships and investing in the people themselves.

So now it time to dream big and crazy dreams.  Not because the Powerball jackpot was huge, but because we have a big and crazy God that can make even your wildest dreams come true.

So what would you dream about?

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  • Wow. Right now, the biggest “dream” that I have is owning an ipod. Well, I have bigger dreams, like: opening a public Christian school (free Education), owning a business where the minimum wage was a middle class income instead of the “working poor” wages that most people get, . . . that’s all I can think of right now, though give me the rest of the day and I’ll have plenty of ideas for you 🙂

  • Cathy

    What a fun thing to dream about! I would adopt lots of kiddos and help their families further their education.

  • Debbie Legg

    I am totally with you on here, and I think number 6 would be SO FUN! 🙂

  • I would buy some property and build a community…a REAL community, where people sleep in small spaces and have a general commons area to interact with their neighbors. Several years ago, I read about a really amazing community like this and I’ve been enamored with the idea since then. I would love to see people connect with each other more and with their TVs, computers, other “stuff” less. Something like this: http://www.rosschapin.com/Projects/PocketNeighborhoods/ThirdStreetCottages/ThirdStreet.html

    And I’d buy your 40 acres for you…if you’d let me have part of it for this. 🙂