A woman saw three strangers in front of her house and invited them in to have something to eat.
“We can’t go in together,” they told her.
“Why not?” she asked.
“His name is Wealth,” one of them explained, pointing to one of his friends, “and he is Success,” pointing to the other. “I am Love.” Then Love added, “Now go in and decide with the rest of your family which one of us you want in your home.”
The woman went in and explained the whole thing to her husband, who was overjoyed at the prospects. “Let’s invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth! How nice!”
His wife disagreed. “Why don’t we invite Success? We would be the envy of everyone in town.”
Their little girl overheard the discussion and piped in. “Wouldn’t it be better to invite Love? Then our home will be filled with love!”
The husband and wife finally decided to heed their daughter’s advice, so the wife invited Love in.
Wealth and Success were soon invited in by other families. Of course, they didn’t stay long before moving on again. They never do.
Not so with Love. Love is forever.
And so our little family lived happily ever after.
Sure, there were a few rough spots, but they hardly noticed them. Love saw to that.
They weren’t the wealthiest or most successful family in town, but they were the happiest. Love saw to that too. –Author unknown, adapted
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A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. –Jesus, Luke 12:15 NIV
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The kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. –Jesus, Matthew 13:45-46