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In a tiny coastal Mexican village, a boat comes into port. An American who is nearby compliments the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his catch and asks how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answers the Mexican.

“But why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asks the American.

The Mexican explains that these few fish are sufficient to meet his family’s needs. The American then asks, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, play with my children, and take a siesta. In the evening I go into the village to see my friends, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”

The American interrupts, “Listen, I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you. You should start by fishing longer every day and then you can sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money a larger boat brings in, you can buy a second one and a third one – until you have an entire fishing fleet. Then you can open your own processing plant.”

“And after that?” 

“When the business gets really good you can start selling stock and make millions!” 

“Millions? Really? And after that?”

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take siestas, and spend your evenings playing the guitar and singing with your friends!”

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:31, 33).

via Central church of Christ
Bastrop, LA

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