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Through the Eyes Of a Child

There are people who have money and people who are rich.  – Coco Chanel

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. – John Ruskin

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants. – Benjamin Franklin.

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. – Henry Ford.

Many years ago, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to a part of the country where very poor people lived in order to teach him to be grateful.  He wanted his son to appreciate and acknowledge his own wealth.  They spent a couple of days and nights in an extremely poor rural area on a rundown farm.  There was much hard work and little food or comfort.  On their return trip, the father asked the son, “How was the trip”?

            “It was great, Dad.”

            “Did you see how the poor people lived?” the father asked.

            “Oh, yes, Father.”

            “So, what did you learn?”

The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had dogs everywhere.  We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, but they have a creek that has no end.  We have imported lanterns in our garden, but in the dark of the country, they have a great view of all of the stars by night.  

Our patio let’s us look out to the front yard tree line, but they have a view of the whole horizon.  We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that go beyond my sight. 

We have servants to serve us, but they all pitch in and help each other. We buy our food, but they grow theirs and it tastes so good.  We have walls around our property to protect us, and they have friends that protect them.

The boy’s father was speechless.

“Thank you, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!”     (Copied).

James 1:17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no shadow.

Philippians 4:11-13For I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances. I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation— to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.…