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Rich Where It Counts (2 of 3)
Series: Stewardship - Rich Where It Counts
November 21, 2004
Introduction: A few years ago, the Peanuts cartoon pictured Charlie Brown bringing out Snoopy's dinner on Thanksgiving Day. But it was just his usual dog food in a bowl. Snoopy took one look at the dog food and said, "This isn't fair. The rest of the world is eating turkey with all the trimmings, and all I get is dog food. Because I'm a dog, all I get is dog food." He stood there and stared at his dog food for a moment, and said, "I guess it could be worse. I could be a turkey."
Rudyard Kipling was the first English poet to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in the early 1900's. He wrote such classics as The Jungle Book (the basis of the Disney movie) and Captains Courageous. One time a newspaper reporter came up to him and said, "Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over a hundred dollars a word." Kipling raised his eyebrows and said, "Really, I certainly wasn't aware of that."
The reporter cynically reached down into his pocket and pulled out a hundred dollars. He handed it to Kipling and said, "Here's a hundred dollars, Mr. Kipling. Now, give me one of your hundred dollar words." Mr. Kipling thoughtfully stared at the money. Finally, he folded it, put it in his pocket, looked back and said, "Thanks."
"Thanks" is indeed one of the richest words in any language. To know when and how and to whom to say thanks is what makes a person truly rich. To be poor in gratitude makes one the poorest of the poor. This week most of us will gather with our families, relax, visit, and eat too much. Hopefully, in the midst of the feasting we will remember to say "thank-you" to the One from whom all blessings flow.
We are in the midst of a three-week look at our text from Luke 12. In this passage, Jesus contrasts two ways of looking at our possessions. This contrast sp ...
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