A young man was getting ready to graduate from college.
For many months he had admired a beautiful
sports car in a dealer's
showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that
was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs
that his father had purchased the car. Finally, 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
Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the
box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's
name embossed in gold.
Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your
money you give me a Bible? And stormed out of the house,
leaving the Bible.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in
business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but
realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should
go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.
Before he could make arrangements, he
received a telegram telling him
his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to
his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of
When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret
filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important
papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago.
With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His
father had carefully underlined a verse:
"And if ye, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how
much more shall your Heavenly father which is in heaven, give to those who
As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the
It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had
the sports car he had desired.
On the tag was the date of his graduation,
and the words
...PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss God's blessings
because they are not packaged as we expected?
If you enjoyed and appreciated this message,
please share with others.
Do not spoil what you
have by desiring what you have not;
but remember that what you now have was once among the things
you only hoped for...
IF YOUR GIFT IS NOT PACKED THE WAY YOU WANT IT,
IT'S BECAUSE IT IS BETTER PACKED THAT WAY!
ALWAYS APPRECIATE LITTLE THINGS; THEY USUALLY LEAD
YOU TO ATTACHMENTS!