Lady, Are You Rich?  

Seen Through The Eyes OF Others



They huddled inside the storm door -- two children in ragged outgrown coats. "Any old papers, Lady?"  I was very busy and wanted to say no until I looked down at their feet.  Thin little sandals, sopped with sleet.  "Come on in and I'll make you a cup of cocoa."  

There was no conversation.  Their soggy sandals left marks on the clean hearthstone.  Cocoa and cake would fortify against the chill outside.  After serving them, I went back to the kitchen and started on my household budget as they sat enjoying the warmth.  

After a few minutes, the silence in the front room struck through to me.  I looked in.  The girl held her empty cup in her hands, looking at it.  The boy asked in a flat voice: "Lady, are you rich?"  "Am I rich?  Mercy no!"  I looked at my shabby slipcovers.  The girl put her cup in its saucer carefully.  "Your cups match your saucers."  Her voice was old with a hunger that was not of the stomach.  

They left then, holding their bundles of papers against the wind.  They hadn't said thank you. They didn't need to.  They had done more than that.  Plain blue pottery cups and saucers -- but they matched.

I tested the potatoes and stirred the gravy.  Potatoes and brown gravy, a roof over our heads, my husband with a good steady job -- these things matched, too.  I moved the chairs back from the fire and tidied the living room.  The muddy prints of small sandals were still set upon my hearth.  I let them be.  I wanted them there in case I ever forgot how very rich I am."

Voice of Health, Jan/Feb 1992




Do we really know how rich we are to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus and born into His family?  Oh, how rich we are when our lives are viewed through the eyes of others.  Our riches are truly recognized when we forget using God for gain and realize our wealth in Him, our indwelling peace and the ability to help others.  Shedding our selfish lust and greed is the only way we can thank God for our riches.  How shameful it is that those who call themselves by the name of Christ should be so self-centered; so absorbed in acquiring their own gain and forgetting to be a good Samaritan.



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From Poorhouse To Mansion

Though we may have little of this world's goods we have much for which to praise God. A woman was dying in the poorhouse. The doctor bent over her and heard her whisper, "Praise the Lord." "Why, auntie," he said, "how can you praise God when you are dying in a poorhouse?" "Oh, doctor," she replied, "it's wonderful to go from the poorhouse to a mansion in the skies!"

Millionaires Seldom Smile

Where is happiness found? John B. Rockefeller, a Christian millionaire, said, "I have made many millions, but they have brought me no happiness. I would barter them all for the days I sat on an office stool in Cleveland and counted myself rich on three dollars a week." Broken in health, he employed an armed guard.

W.H. Vaanderbilt said, "The care of 200 million dollars is too great a load for any brain or back to bear. It is enough to kill anyone. There is no pleasure in it."

John Jacob Astor left five million, but had been martyr to dyspepsia and melancholy. He said, "I am the most miserable man on earth."

Henry Ford, the automobile king, said, "Work is the only pleasure. It is only work that keeps me alive and makes life worth living. I was happpier when doing a mechanic's job."

Andrew Carnegie, the multi-millionaire, said, "Millionaires seldom smile."















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