A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months, he had been admiring a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom. Knowing that his father could well afford it, he told him the car was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man looked for signs that his father had purchased the car. On the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box.
Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box. Inside was a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father. “With all your money, you give me a Bible?” The young man turned and stormed out of the house, leaving the Holy Book behind.
Many years passed, and the young man turned out to be a very successful business owner. He had a beautiful home and a wonderful family. He was happy with his life, except for the fact that he had not seen his father since the day of his graduation. He realized his father was very old and knew that he should go visit him.
Before he was able to make visiting arrangements, a call came, informing him that his father had suddenly passed away. His father’s will specified that his son was to inherit all of his possessions. He needed to go to his father’s home immediately in order to take care things.
When he arrived, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. As he was searching through his father’s important papers, he found the Bible he had been given years ago, still new, just as he had left it. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he reached the center, a car key dropped from an envelope taped within. A tag was attached to the key. On one side was a dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had dreamed of owning. On the other side was the date of his graduation and the words “PAID IN FULL.”
The moral of the story is:
HOW OFTEN DO WE MISS OUT ON BLESSINGS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT COME PACKAGED THE WAY WE WANT OR THINK THEY SHOULD BE?
It is my earnest plea that you do not overlook the blessings in your own life. Do not miss out on them because of the way they are delivered.
DOUBLE CHECK THAT PACKAGE!!!
Written by Joshua C. Chiles for Vitamin C Magazine 2012. All rights reserved.