Like many inspiring movies and books, this short story may be fictional. However, the impact that this work will have on its readers is very real. Enjoy!
One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the sole purpose of showing 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 trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” The son replied, “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 your time on the farm?” asked his father.
The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog but they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, but they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden, but they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard, but they have the whole horizon as their front yard.
We have a small piece of land to live on but 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 but they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
Perspective is a beautiful thing. Give thanks to God for all that you DO have instead of worrying about what you don’t.
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