My father-in-law is miserable. Why? Because he won £300 on the National Lottery. Apparently this is not enough, it should have been more money. “If only I’d had another number it would have been £30,000.” (We have tried explaining to him time and again that the odds of being struck by lightning are better than his odds of winning big, explained that if he stopped smoking and stopped buying lottery tickets and scratchcards he would be better off, we have even tried explaining about giving money to charity. . . the odds of our being struck by lightning are better than the odds of getting through to him.)
I am overjoyed. Why? Because I’ve just won a book (Gerard Kelly, Stretch – looking at the book of Daniel). It was one of the giveaways from Inspire magazine which is free to churches (and which I arranged for our Church to receive – which was a lot easier than actually getting people to take away this free publication each month has been). And I didn’t even have to pay postage to enter the giveaway.
So, here we are, my father-in-law mumbling about how he should have won more, and me doing victory laps round the house waving my new book in the air.