“Believe in something bigger” is the California Lottery’s catch-phrase for Powerball.
The commercial does evoke a sense of wonder, as people stare open-mouthed at white balls falling in slow motion everywhere. But when the punchline of the commercial is revealed as Powerball, I’m thinking, “Is that all?”
When I think, “Believe in something bigger,” I do not think of “something bigger” as a remote chance to win mega-millions, which studies have shown do not affect overall long-term happiness.
When I think, “Believe in something bigger,” this is what I think of:
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Ephesians 3:17-21 ”… And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
What do you think is something bigger worth believing in?