Every now and then, I would buy a Lotto ticket. And for a dollar, I can go on hoping to hit the jackpot in the few days before the draw. I would imagine how that would change my life and what good things I could do with all that money. I know that it is mostly wishful thinking but there is still the possibility, no matter how slim, that I might just win. But realistically, I know that it is not going to happen and I still have to work to get the things I want get done.
Every now and then, I wonder if my faith is like buying a Lotto ticket. My faith gives me hope that things will be better and as I grow older that the best is yet to come. And in the face of the adversities and uncertainties of life, that gives me some grounding to boldly and confidently go forward. People do win in the Lotto. But not an awful lot. Many people, and I know many personally, are winners because of their faith.
But every now and then, I do wonder what if? What if death is stronger than life and that there is nothing after death? What if darkness is stronger than light and everything eventually ends in darkness? What if hatred is stronger than love and that we are all condemn to anger and violence? What is evil is more powerful than good and that there is no salvation at all for us?
Still, I keep on buying Lotto tickets even on the slimmest of chances that I would win. Still, I keep on believing even on the slim possibility that death is stronger than life or that darkness is stronger than light or that despicable hatred is stronger than love. My faith makes me a better person. And as a better person, I can make the world I believe in happen and come about.