The Best Gift Ever

I've received many many tags prior to this one but this one has a special meaning in them. I actually felt so much for the old father and for the son too. Thank you Purple Sky for this beautiful story and I believe it will remain in my heart for as long as I am still alive. It really cuts deep.

My life lesson that is similar to this would be how I used to think that career and money is the most important thing in my life. Image, Material used to be something I took for granted, and made sure those were the first impression for a successful life.

However, I believe as I grow older, I have learnt to let go of these image and material and I care more about the life journey, the people around me, and the air that I breathe. I can now appreciate simpler things that can give me the same satisfaction or more too. It's not so much about branding but its content and how it can give me the same happiness. I feel life more than in my earlier years where I tried to keep up with the corporate race and not even see what life has offered me.

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A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom. And knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car.Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him.He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.Curious, but somehow disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold.Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?"And stormed out of the house, living the Bible.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possesions to his son.He needed to come home immediately and take care of his things. When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.He begun to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago.With tears, he opened the Bible and begun to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt. 7:11, "And if ye, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in heaven, give to those who ask Him?"

As he reads those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words...PAID IN FULL. How many times do we miss God's blessing because they are not packaged as we expected?

I trust you enjoyed this. Pass it on to others. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for... PLS. SEND THIS TO ATLEAST FIVE PEOPLE SO AS TO LET THIS GREAT LESSON FLOW AROUND.
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I would like to share this with my friends especially Kikey, Dora, Ling and Hainamkeipui


Joze Foo said...

oh my! This is so sad...will do this tag soon.....

Kikey said...

Ah Hoon, my english not really good, I dun mind to do tag, but next time tag me easy one, i was wanna do it, but some more have to put our own opinion so hard lah...

Zooropa said...

Wow...I think I need to spend some time to read this tonite. Anyway, thx Constance!


Constance Chan said...

thanks, joze. :P

kikey - no worries dear.. u can leave it out.. or just copy and paste no need to write about it one.. its a copy and paste tag too.

zooropa - you're welcome! :P

Outback-Pinay said...

I am so glad that the flow of this tag went to someone like you. Thanks a lot! :-)http://www.outback-pinay.com/2008/06/best-gift-ever_26.html