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Pitfalls of chasing luck

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful man will abound with blessings, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. Proverbs 28:19-20

Villagers just outside of Kalasin province town felt really lucky. “Someone had a dream about a lucky number,” Khamsing said, “then that person told neighbors who believed it was good luck. Soon everyone began buying lottery tickets. Some borrowed money while others used up their monthly cash. Altogether we spent millions of baht in our village on tickets with that number. But it didn’t win. Now we are even poorer than before- some families are still struggling a year later to pay back what they borrowed.”

Gambling and the desire to get rich quick are long-held hopes of Thai and Isaan people. No one is concerned about payout statistics or how fairly the operation is run. Instead they look to dreams or promptings which they believe are revealed by their “duang“, that is, their fortune or luck. Besides, everyone knows someone who has won something from the lottery, just enough to keep hopes up and fuel more ticket sales.

Although most people never win big, those who do are no better off. An Isaan farmer in Roi-Et won 66 million baht (1.8 million US) but three years later the money was all gone and the family was poor once again. Proverbs 13:11 explains why, “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”

Indeed, anyone who doesn’t know how to manage money before winning certainly won’t learn to do so when relatives and friends come calling to borrow. Nor will a winner be able to resist the chance to improve social status by spending big for others to see.

Please pray against the pull of gambling in Thailand that has so many caught in its stronghold.

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