Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Parable of the Greedy Man [something to think about]

I wrote this one as a reflection of what I have learned in Sunday School last Sunday.
Our topic was "What's wrong with wanting wealth?"


Once there was a young but poor man. He had barely enough money to support himself.
In a night where he thought he can't make it through he prayed to God. He asked God to give him a talent on driving a unicycle for he lives at the back of large circus. He promised to return the tithe of his income to God. God granted his prayer, so the man became one of the circus men.
He stayed for the circus for long years and was thankful of it, but he became greedy and he didn't give his tithes but he once again prayed to God this time he wants a motorcycle. He again promised to give the tithe now. God still granted his prayer and gave him enough fortune to have a motorcycle.
The man used the motorcycle always and the time came when the motorcycle is old and won't run. The man has enough money to buy another motorcycle but he asked God for a 4-wheel vehicle. God just granted his prayer and gave him money enought to buy eight 4-wheels. The man's greed was not satisfied for it was written in the Holy Book that "whoever loves money never has money enough". He swam in money, slept in money and his mind had been corrupted by money. He also forgot God, for no one can serve two masters at a time. There was a time when a great calamity passed his place, help was expected ffrom him but he did not move for greed is in his mind.
Many years have passed and he became of old age and greedy. He had been a slave of money. Then God saw him and God took away whatever he gave to the man.
One day when the man was walking home drunk, a great fire swallowed his house and all his possessions. He watched in great dread while his house was burnt into ashes.
The man attempted suicide by lying in the railways that night but the train never passed in that railway. He was given another chance. The man saw to it and repented to God, but the favor of God on him was not like the past years. God made him a driver of a 16-wheeler truck. The man died some years after in an accident.

[Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
This too is meaningless.] - Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV

-emer

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