Rich or Poor?

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A 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 two days on the farm of what he considered a very poor family. On their return from the trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad,” the son answered.

So the father asked, “What did you learn from the trip?”

The son replied, “I saw that we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to 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. We have servants that serve us, but they serve each other. We have walls around our property to protect us, but they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless! Then his son added “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we really are!”

Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? This boy was able to appreciate everything God has given us! I hope we all recognize what money can not buy!

Gary Herridge
Parkersburg, VA

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