One day, the 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 a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, ‘How was the trip? ‘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 the trip?’ asked the father.
The son answered:
‘I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of 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.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and 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, they have friends to protect them.’
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, ‘Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.’
Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing?
Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.
(This is a slightly adjusted version of a SOW Seeds Service we sent in 1999 – Story #37 we titled “The Poor People” [Author Unknown]. It was recently sent in again as a story submission, and I thought I’d use it as my Quote of the week so y’all would get a chance to see it again& it’s a favorite of mine. Pastor Daniel )
I happened upon this today, haven’t been here in a while, thought I would share this humble message.
Perspective is so important to remember. Without that one concept, we can get caught in the web of our own making. Looking outside of ourselves, seeing the beauty and grace in this world is not easy for me sometimes. I see what I want to see, and without gentle nudges such as stories like this; I get caught in that web.
I am grateful for so many things….
that is truth!