An old man who had lived a very adventuresome life was sitting on his porch drinking tea and having a smoke on his pipe.
A young reporter who had heard about his life and was looking for a story walked up to him and began to interview him immediately.
Sir, you have lived a exciting life, made lots of money and yet here you sit in this old, but nicely taken care of mobile home by the lake with nothing to show for your life. Why are you so poor?
The old man hesitated for a moment, lit his pipe, looked out at the beauty of the lake and mountains around him and said,......"Son, this is where I want to be! This is my castle and that view you see before you is my kingdom. God made it beautiful just for me to see each day.
O' yes, I have lived in the fast lane, and seen it all, but I came to realize that I was not happy pursuing recognition or wealth. It was a dog eat dog daily way of living and there was never an end to it. The more ya have the more ys want and I grew so weary of it all. So, I gave it all away, and found this piece of paradise to live out what's left of my life in peace and tranquility with God Almighty.
I have come to realize that there is no greater riches or peace of mind than that. So you may consider me poor but someday if you live long enough, you'll find out what I mean.
Yes, I only have my little social security check each month and this little home, but it is enough, and just enough to some is a wealth that many will not ever know.
I have been where you are today, but I love better where I am now. I talk to God all day every day and it is the most exciting thing one could ever hope for. I wish I had started at your age."
The reporter mused the answer the old man had given him and shook his head in disbelief. He rose to leave an looked at the old man and said, "There is no story here, you gave up on life and settled for poverty, I will never understand that, you once had it all.!"
The old man looked at him with a squinted smile and said, " You're young and just started life son, and It is my fondest prayer that you will change your mind on that someday, for if you do not, God and life itself may change it for you!"
With that the reporter walked down the gravel drive to his car and left.
The moral to this story is,'''''''''''
It is not what you posses in this life that makes you rich, it's finding true happiness in Christ Jesus whether you have a little or alot.
It is the seeds you sow (giving away at no charge of what you have) into other lives that gives you the bountiful harvest of peace and joy that makes you truly rich and please God, and when you have favor with the Almighty that when life truly begins.
I am in the process of looking for my shack by the lake!
Oh yes Wendell. I too have had the misfortune to find myself in the company of the "wealthy" and their deplorably exploiting manners. "Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right." There is no greater achievement than to come to the place where you can "talk to God all day". The Lord Bless you.
Thought I'd better clarify. Not to imply that all wealthy people are Godless. But I'm speaking in terms of the Godless "wealthy". The "spiritually endangered wealthy". http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=91513
They know who they are or have been. "Why Are You So Poor?" express the ray of hope that some do "wise up".