My life was about to change in a huge way. Prosperity was so close I could taste it.
“And now we welcome Cindy to the hot seat!” Rebus Philleon’s voice boomed through the speakers.
I took a deep breath and stepped onto the stage. I squinted at the lights and prayed I wouldn’t trip and make a complete fool of myself.
“Helloooo, Cindy!” Rebus said, stretching out his hand. “Are you ready to become a prosperity-heir?”
“I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life, Rebus.” I hopped onto the leather stool and crossed my legs. My foot twitched anxiously.
“You know how it works, Cindy. The Big Producer in the Sky has granted me the authority to make you prosperous but it’s really up to you. I will ask you five questions, one at a time. Every time you answer correctly, you move closer to becoming a prosperity-heir. Get all the answers right and you win! It’s as simple as that. Any questions?”
“Just one,” I said. “Where did you get your tie?”
A burst of laughter echoed through the audience.
“Pretty and funny," Rebus grinned. "Oh – and don’t forget, you have two lifelines: Ask the Audience and, the Mulligan. Use them wisely. Are you ready to begin?”
“More than ready.” I rubbed my hands together in anticipation.
“Here’s your first question, Cindy. Do you have a good family?”
That was easy. I spouted off the answer without missing a beat. “My husband and two children are wonderful! So the answer is yes, definitely!”
“Next question: Besides the occasional cold and flu, how has your health been for the past thirty-one years?”
I thought carefully, wanting to be sure to get it right. “Rebus, I can honestly say I have been in excellent health my entire life.”
“Awwwww---“ Rebus frowned and shook his head, “You’re…right!”
I placed my hand on my chest. “You had me going for a minute!”
“I try, Cindy,” Rebus chuckled. “Question number three: Do you have a good-paying job?”
“Oh, boy, Reb, that’s a tough one. I personally don’t think so, but I’ll ask the audience, just to be safe.”
The audience gave their answers and, to my surprise, one hundred percent said, “YES – her salary is above average.”
“Okay, Rebus, I’ll go with the audience and say yes.”
“Is that your final answer?”
I hesitated for a split second. “Yes, that’s my final answer.”
“Right again, Cindy! Boy you are good at this!”
The audience was encouraging, clapping enthusiastically. I beamed, soaking up the applause.
“Okay. Two questions remain. I have to warn you, these will be tougher and may take more thought. Before we go on, let me ask you, Cindy, why did you audition for ‘Who Wants to be a Prosperity-Heir?’”
“Well, all of my friends are getting bigger houses and fancier cars, and I have to keep up! I am sick of working my tail off. I just want to be able to have those extra things I can’t afford… like pedicures and facials.”
“Interesting.” Rebus raised his eyebrows and cleared his throat. “Let me remind you, Cindy, you still have one lifeline intact. Here’s your next question: According to Proverbs 11:25, what type of man will prosper?”
I knew plenty of Bible verses but I had never memorized this one. “I’ll take the mulligan, Rebus,” I said quickly.
“Alrighty, then! But for your information, Cindy, the answer is, “a generous man.”
“On to the final question. If you answer this question correctly, you will be a prosperity-heir! Cindy, are you generous?”
“Hmmmm. Well, I gave a couple bucks to the Salvation Army bell ringer at Wal-Mart last Christmas. Oh – and I put a ten in the offering plate on Sunday. Does that make me generous?” I asked hopefully.
“I'm sorry, Cindy. It looks like you have everything it takes to be prosperous – a wonderful family, great health and a good job. The only thing lacking is your generosity.”
“But I need to become prosperous before I’m able to give more; I promise - I’ll even tithe!
“I know it's disappointing, Cindy, but you’ll have to come back when you learn to be generous. Then you’ll have a shot at prosperity.”
Unfortunately, my life didn’t change that day. But I did give an extra five bucks at church on Sunday. I guess that means I’m on my way to becoming more prosperous. I would have given more, but I was in desperate need of a pedicure…
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