FORTUNE AND THE BEGGAR
"Just a little more......more....." Wisdom teaches us when to say, "Enough."
One day a ragged beggar was creeping
from house to house.
He carried an old wallet in his hand,
and was asking at every door for
a few cents to buy something to eat.
He kept wondering why it was that
folks who had so much money were
never satisfied but were always wanting more.
"Here," said he,
"is the master of this house -
I know him well.
He was always a good business man.
He took to building ships and
sending them to sea to trade
to foreign lands.
He thought he would get mountains of gold."
"But there was great storm on the water.
His ships wrecked, and his riches
were swallowed up by the waves."
"Men seem to never be satisfied
unless they can gain
the whole world."
"As for me, if I had only
enough to eat and
to wear I would not want anything more."
Just at that moment Fortune
came down the street.
She saw the beggar and stopped.
She said to him "Listen!
I have long wished to help you.
Hold your wallet and I will
pour this gold into it.
I will pour only on this condition.
All that falls ino the wallet shall
be pure gold, but when it falls
upon the ground it becomes dust."
The beggar was so glad.
He opened his wallet, and yellow
coins poured into it.
The wallet began to grow heavy.
"Is that enough?" asked Fortune.
"Ahh, if the golden stream
would only pour forever!" said the beggar.
"You are the richest man
in the world now!
The wallet is full. It will burst."
"Just a little more.
Add a handful more,"
said the beggar.---
"Just a little more."
Another piece was added and the wallet split.
The treasure fell upon the ground
and was turned to dust.
The beggar had nothing but his empty wallet,
and it was torn from top to bottom.
He was as poor as before.
Adapted from The Moral Compass
by Willima J. Bennett
"My (our Lord's) grace is
sufficient for thee."
2 Corinthians 12:9