With hand stuck in the cookie jar,
One cookie on the floor,
The wee lad cried and told his mom,
“I wanted to get more.”
"Please read two stories,” pled the boy
When it was time for bed.
“One’s not enough,” he told his dad,
So he got none instead.
Discarding his old wooden bat
Because he wanted new,
The teen did not have funds enough;
With baseball he was through
While fishing, he kept throwing back
The tiny fish he caught.
He’d had enough to make a meal,
But he went home with naught.
His girl would have been satisfied
With any ring he’d buy,
But while he saved for flashy one,
She found another guy.
When tempted by the lottery,
He gambled with his cash.
The castles in the air he’d built
Went tumbling with a crash.
He sold his lovely little house;
He found it far too small,
Then put his money in a scheme
And sadly lost it all.
When old age came, as age will do,
He'd reason to regret
For thinking what he had was not
As good as he could get.
He never realized the truth
The Bible makes so plain:
When added on to godliness,
Contentment is great gain.*
* paraphrase of I Timothy 6:6 NKJV
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