If you have seen me around the valley with an extra-wide grin, there’s a reason, lots of reasons, actually. It’s true. I won the lottery. In fact, I’ve won lots of them. I can’t think of a single person who has won more of them than yours truly.
No. I haven’t figured out a way to beat the system or rig the games in my favor. If I had, would I really tell you?
No. I’m not just real lucky or have a genuine good luck charm.
Simply put, I am blessed. God has been very good to me.
Of all the nations in which I could have been born, I won that lottery. I am a citizen of the greatest country in the world. Through America God has given me more blessings than I can name. Through this wonderful country I am also given countless opportunities to be a blessing.
Of all the parents I could have had, my winning lottery ticket was John and Polly Mitchell, the best parents anyone could ever have.
In the sibling lottery, I drew four winning tickets – Danny – a talented and kind soul; and three gorgeous, compassionate, gifted sisters – Ida, Sherry and Renee.
When it comes to the love lottery, of the millions and even billions of men in the world, I was the one who won the hand of the most wonderful, loving wife any man has ever had – Debbie. I won the jackpot!
In the father lottery, again, I drew two winning tickets – a son, Michael, and a daughter, Meredith, who daily make me proud and so grateful.
In the profession lottery, I am the pastor of a church filled with loving persons; with a long and distinguished history of service near and far; and whose future and potential are unlimited.
When it comes to the lottery for friends, no one has been a bigger winner. I have friends who have been there and will always be there for me anytime, anywhere.
In the best places to live lottery – yeah – won that one also. I can’t think of a place I’d rather be than New Market, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, a place that whenever I need inspiration I just step outside!
And when it comes to the faith lottery, I cannot recall a single second in my life when I did not feel the awesome presence and love of God.
Oh, you thought I meant that other little lottery, the one about some money? No. I haven’t won that one. I guess that would be difficult to win since I can’t remember ever buying a single ticket. But why would I anyway? I’ve already won all the lotteries that really matter. But I have a feeling, if you think about it, I’m not the only one.
Bass Mitchell is pastor of Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market. He is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records for the winner of the most lotteries. He likes his chances.