PAYING TITHES…

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(So I came across this post during the week and decided to share it here. Feel free to share as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

One day, a very wealthy man was walking on the road. Along the way, he saw a beggar on the sidewalk. The rich man looks kindly on the beggar & asked, โ€œHow did u become a beggar?โ€

The beggar said, โ€œSir, Iโ€™ve been applying for a job for a year now but havenโ€™t found any. U look like a rich man. Sir, if uโ€™ll give me a job, Iโ€™ll stop begging.โ€

The rich man smiled & said, โ€œI want to help u. But I wonโ€™t give u a job. Iโ€™ll do something better. I want u to be my business partner. Letโ€™s start a business together.โ€

The beggar blinked hard. He didnโ€™t understand what the older man was saying. โ€œWhat do u mean, Sir?โ€ โ€œI own a rice plantation. U could sell my rice in the market. Iโ€™ll provide u the sacks of rice. Iโ€™ll pay the rent for the market stall. Iโ€™ll even give you food allowance everyday for the next 30 days. All u have to do is sell my rice. And at the end of the month, as Business Partners, weโ€™ll share in the profits.โ€

Tears of joy rolled down his cheeks. โ€œOh Sir,โ€ he said, โ€œUโ€™re a gift from Heaven. Uโ€™re the answer to my prayers. Thank u, thank u, thank u!โ€ He then paused & said, โ€œSir, how will we divide the profits? Do I keep 10% & u get the 90%? Do I keep 5% & u get the 95%? Iโ€™ll be happy with any arrangement.โ€

The rich man shook his head & chuckled. โ€œNo, I want u to give me the 10% & u keep the 90%.โ€. For a moment, the beggar couldnโ€™t speak. When he tried to speak, it was gibberish. โ€œUh, gee, uh, wow, I mean, huh?โ€ He couldnโ€™t believe his ears. The deal was too preposterous.

The rich man laughed more loudly. He explained, โ€œI donโ€™t need the money, my friend. Iโ€™m already wealthy beyond what u can ever imagine. I want u to give me 10% of ur profits so u grow in faithfulness & gratitude.โ€. The beggar knelt down before his benefactor & said, โ€œYes Sir, I will do as u say. Even now, Iโ€™m so grateful for what uโ€™ve done for me!โ€
Each day, the beggar,now dressed a little bit better, operated a store selling rice in the market. He worked very hard. He woke up early in the morning & slept late at night. And sales were brisk, also because the rice was of good quality & after 30 days, the profits were astounding.

At the end of the month, as the ex-beggar was counting the money, & liking very much the feeling of money in his hands, an idea grew in his mind. He told himself, โ€œGee, why should I give 10% to my Business Partner? I didn’t see him the whole month! I was the one who was working day & night for this business. I did all this work! I deserve the 100% profits!โ€

A few minutes later, the rich man was knocking on the door to collect his 10% of the profits. The ex-beggar opened the door & said, โ€œ U donโ€™t deserve the 10%. I worked hard for this. I deserve all of it!โ€ And he slammed the door.

If u were his Business Partner, how would u feel???

But this is exactly what happens to us. God gave us everything. He gave us life, every single moment, every single breath, every single second. God gave us talents, our ability to talk, to create, to earn money. God gave us our body, our eyes, our ears, our mouth, our hands, our feet, our heart , HE gave us our mind, our imagination, our emotions, our reasoning, our language. God gave us opportunities, some taken some lost. God put us in positions, he gave us all we have to make the wealth. YET we take all of it for granted walking on the earth with pride as if we are self made ? We forget His immeasurable bounties & become ungrateful using the very same blessings He gave us to sin & throw back at Him.

The big question is, which of the favors of our Lord would we deny? When will we turn back to Him with gratitude & obedience? God has granted us all the opportunity to always remember Him and pay our tithes, offering, alms and first fruit. Sow a little kindness today by sharing dis message.

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Three Pieces of Advice VS. 20 Years of Salary…

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A young newlyweds were very poor and lived
in a small farm. One day the husband made
the following proposal to his wife:
– Honey, I will leave the house: I will travel
faraway, get a job and work hard in order to
be able to come back and give you the
comfortable life that you deserve. I do not
know how long I will stay awayโ€ฆ I only ask
one thing, please wait for me, and while I am
out, you should be faithful to me, because I
will be faithful to you.
So the young man left. He walked many days
until he found a farmer who was in need of
someone to help him. The young man came
and offered his services. He was accepted!
Therefore he discussed the terms with his
boss:
– Let me work for as long as I want and, when
I think I should go home please release me of
my duties. I do not want to receive my salary.
I ask you to save it for me, until the day I
leave. The day I decide to go, please give me
the money and I will follow my way.
They agreed in that! So, the young man
worked for twenty years without holidays and
without rest. After twenty years, he came to
his boss and said:
– Boss, I want my money, because I am
returning to my house.
The boss replied:
– All right, after all, I made a deal with you
and I will stick to it. However, before you go I
want to offer you something new: I will give
you all your money and send you away; or I
will give you 3 pieces of advice and send you
away. If I give you the money, I do not give
you the 3 pieces of advice. And if I give you
the 3 pieces of advice, I will not give you the
money. Now, go to your room, and think about
your answer.
He thought for two days. Then he went to the
boss and told him:
– I want the 3 pieces of advice.
The boss stressed again:
– If I give you the 3 pieces of advice, I will not
give you the money.
And the man replied:
– I want the 3 pieces of advice!
The boss then told him:
– No. 1: Never take shortcuts in your life,
shorter and unknown paths can cost your life;
– No. 2: Never be too curious, for curiosity
towards evil can be deadly;
– No. 3: Never make decisions in moments of
anger or pain, because when you repent, it
could be too late.
After giving these 3 pieces of advice, the boss
said to him:
– Here you have 3 loaves of bread, 2 are for
you to eat during the journey and the last is
for you to eat with your wife when you get
home.
So, the man went on his way, after twenty
years away from home and from his wife,
whom he loved so much.
After the first day of travel, he found a man
who greeted him and asked:
– Where are you going?
He replied:
– To a distant place which is about 20 days
away if I continue walking on this road.
The man said to him:
– Oh boy, this path is too long! I know a
shortcut that is very safe and you will arrive in
5 days only.
The man began to follow the path suggested
until he remembered the first piece of advice.
Then, he returned and followed the long path.
Days later he learned that the shortcut led to
an ambush.
After a few days of travel, he found a pension
by the roadside, where he could rest. He paid
for the room and after taking a bath he laid
down to sleep.
During the night he woke up as he heard a
terrifying scream. He rose to his feet and went
to the door to check what happened. When he
was opening the door, he remembered the
second piece of advice. Therefore he returned,
lied down again and slept.
At dawn, after having his breakfast, the owner
of the lodging asked him if he had not heard
the scream at night. He affirmed that he
heard. Then, the host said:
– Were you not curious to see what happened?
And he replied:
– No! I was not!
Then the host said:
– You are the first guest to leave this pension
alive. My neighbour is completely crazy. He
usually shouts at night to call someoneโ€™s
attention. When some of the guests come out,
he kills them and buries their body in the
backyard.
The man continued his long journey, eager to
arrive soon. After many days and nights
walking, he was very tired, but he finally saw
his house far away.
It was night. He saw some light coming out
from the window of his house and was able to
see the silhouette of his wife. But he was also
able to see that she was not alone. He came
closer and saw there was a man with her. She
softly caressed his hair.
When he saw that scene, his heart was filled
with hatred and bitterness. He decided to rush
against the two and kill them mercilessly.
However, he took a deep breath and he
remembered the third piece of advice.
Then he stopped, reflected and decided to
sleep outside that night. He slept in the midst
of the bushes and determined that he was
going to make a decision on the next day. At
dawn, he was calmer and said:
– I will not kill my wife and her lover. I am
going back to my boss and ask him to take
me back. But before, I want to tell my wife
that I have always been faithful to her.
He went to the front door and knocked. When
his wife opened the door and recognized him,
she cried and embraced him warmly. He tried
to push her away, but he was not able. Then,
with tears in his eyes he told her:
– I was faithful to you and you betrayed me…
She was shocked with that accusation. So she
replied:
– How did I betray you? I have never betrayed
you. I waited patiently for you for twenty
years.
Then he asked:
– How about the man that you were caressing
yesterday?
And she said:
– That man is our son! When you left, I
discovered I was pregnant. Today he is twenty
years old.
Hearing that, the man asked her forgiveness.
He met and hugged his son. After that he told
them all the stories that he experienced when
he was away. Meanwhile, his wife prepared
some coffee for them to eat together, the last
bread given by his boss.
After a prayer of thanksgiving, he broke the
bread. When he looked at it, he found all his
money inside. In fact, there was even more
than the right payment for his twenty years of
dedication and hard work!
Friends, our God is like this boss. When he
asks us to make a sacrifice, he wants to give
us more than what we give Him. He wants us
to have His unique wisdom as well.

This was sent to me by a friend earlier today and I really enjoyed reading it, so I thought to share it as well…. Have a fabulous Evening..๐Ÿ˜‰