"Big Green Monsters"Chris KigerThe American dream, that game we play. You know the one, “What would you do if you hit the Lottery, the Power Ball, that huge jackpot?” Oh the ideas we come up with…cars, boats, houses, vacations and of course, “the first thing I’m going to do is quit my job.” But there is a downside to that big win. The National Endowment for Financial Education estimates that as many as seventy percent of Americans who experience a sudden windfall will lose that money within a few years. People handed a hefty check usually experience erratic emotions ranging from elation to resentment to anger, according to the NEFE. One study found that nearly one third of lottery winners encounter financial trouble or bankruptcy within five years of winning. Researchers from the Paris School of Economics determined that the overall health of lottery winners did not improve once they won. In fact, in certain cases, lottery winners experienced worse health after being granted “financial comfort.” The results of these modern “dreams come true” were predicted long ago in James 2:1-6, “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence.” How would it all turn out if the response to wealth was generosity and charity instead of greed and arrogance?