Chaplain’s Corner

During the holidays we were away with my sister and her family, and my brother-in-law carefully pulled from his wallet a Powerball ticket he had bought prior to Christmas, he carefully began looking through the numbers to see if he had won, and so began the conversation, if I won the lotto I would… and we each chimed in with our ideas, his first thing would be to ring his boss to say he wasn’t coming in to work on Monday. I wonder if your family has ever had that conversation? Because you ultimately find the things talked about are what you envisage your best life would look like. But standing there in the beach house having this conversation, I was instantly reminded of a speech I heard former World Vision CEO give. I only remember the first minute in which he said, If you are sitting here, if you were born in Australia, if you live in this country, you have won the lottery of life. Your access to education, fresh water, healthcare, peace, democracy, freedom, this all means you have won the lottery of life.

On Australia Day my husband received his Australian citizenship. Did you know the monetary value the government places on Australian citizenship is currently at $600,000, that is estimated amount it will cost the government per citizen healthcare and the old age pension – $600,000. So we really do live in the lucky country, whether we were born here, or become citizens – we have already won the lottery.

So what does that mean? I think it means we all have a responsibility. A responsibility to live our best lives.

There is a Bible text from Micah chapter 6 that reads,

What shall I bring to the Lord, the God of heaven, when I come to worship him?
Shall I bring the best calves to burn as offerings to him?
Will the Lord be pleased if I bring him thousands of sheep or endless streams of olive oil?

No, the Lord has told us what is good.
What he requires of us is this:
to do justice and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

This text is more than 2500 years old. It speaks of even if you have thousands of sheep or rivers of olive oil; all which equates to great wealth or ‘winning the lottery’, What should you do? What does God require of you? And the answer comes,

to do justice and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.

By living in Australia, it is, in the words of the Bible reading as though we have thousands of sheep and rivers of olive oil at our disposal, we have so much.

We have won the lotto of life, and now it is our responsibility to live lives which do not take that for granted. We all have a responsibility to live our best lives, how will you do that?

by Alison Andrew, School Chaplain



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