Monday, October 17, 2011
Be Wise and Stay Rich With Contentment!
The Rich Son and His Poor Dad
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"It was great, Dad." the son replied.
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.
"Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered: "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."
The boy's father was speechless.
Then his son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are."
What do we learn from this short story? The son of the rich man understood what his dad had never learnt in his entire life. It is not how much we have that matters most in life, it is how content we are with what we have that truly makes a person to be rich in this short pilgrimage that God has gifted each one of us in life. A person can be rich on the outside and can be so prideful about it that God might see him as a poor fool and give him no contentment in the heart. His security will be his riches and on the day he loses it, he will have nothing in life to live for and die for. Most rich men who have trusted in their wealth, killed themselves when they lost it. They saw no purpose for their life without their riches.
But even a poor man can be blessed by God spiritually in such a way that he could live a very content life with whatever he has. This is the reason the Bibe says, "The rich and the poor have this in common, the LORD is the maker of them all." (Prov 22:2). In other words, no matter how rich or a poor a person is, the real riches to enjoy the light of life is given by the same God who rules righteously over both the rich as well as the poor (Prov 29:13).
So from now on begin to see each day as a priceless and the most valuable gift from God. Thank God for the life that he has given for you to enjoy. Just see things as they are rather than comparing it with who you are. Comparision makes you poor, but gratefulness to God makes you content and rich to enjoy life as they are. Don't wish that life would have been better if it was what you wanted it to be, rather thank God that it is as God has planned it to be. Whether you are poor or rich doesn't make a much of a difference to God, he will bless you greatly if your heart attitude is full of gratitude towards Him for His indescribable gift named life given to you freely. God sees people's heart attitude and blesses them according to it. If you have been wise enough to humbly accept your life as it is and thank God for it, truly God will make you a blessing to the world around you. Who knows, you might become a wise father to a little wise son of yours in the future, and become a blessed family together to the world around you.
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