I read this great story the other day and wanted to share. Most people think that only if they had more $ they would be happy. Money can’t buy happiness nor is it the be all to end all (loneliness, depression, suffering). In fact, there are many stories of lottery winners who ended up dead or in worse shape after their winnings than before and not happier. IMO I think money is just a tool - and as a Christian give my first fruits to God so He is equipped to provide all my needs according to His riches in glory (Phil 4:19) and in this area only we've been given permission to test God (Malachai 3:10) and He always comes through! I've seen God provide above & beyond what we could ask or think on more than one occasion and have seen him work through other people to bless me; not only monetarily but with the most precious gift of all - their friendship and their time (story to follow soon on that). In the end - people are what matter because we can't take anything tangible with us when we die...but we take our memories and leave them behind.
The Difference Between Rich/Poor People?
One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him 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."
"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."
Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have. Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!