George W. Truett, a well-known pastor, was invited to dinner in the home of a very wealthy man in Texas. After the meal, the host led him to a place where they could get a good view of the surrounding area.
Pointing to the oil wells punctuating the landscape, he boasted, &ld;Twenty-five years ago I had nothing. Now, as far as you can see, it&rs;s all mine.&rd; Looking in the opposite direction at his sprawling fields of grain, he said, &ld;That&rs;s all mine.&rd; Turning east toward huge herds of cattle, he bragged, &ld;They&rs;re all mine.&rd;
Then pointing to the west and a beautiful forest, he exclaimed, &ld;That too is all mine.&rd;
He paused, expecting Dr. Truett to compliment him on his great success. Truett, however, placing one hand on the man&rs;s shoulder and pointing heavenward with the other, simply said, &ld;How much do you have in that direction?&rd; The man hung his head and confessed, &ld;I never thought of that.&rd;