A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

One day a certain old rich man, of a miserable disposition visited a counselor, who took the rich man by the hand and led him to a window. "Look out there," he said. The rich man looked into the street. "What do you see?" asked the counselor.

"I see men, women, and children," answered the rich man.

And the counselor took him by the hand and this time led him to a mirror. "Now what do you see?"

"Now I see myself," the rich man replied.

Then the counselor said, "Behold, in the window there is glass, and in the mirror there is glass. But the glass of the mirror is covered with a little silver, and no sooner is the silver added than you cease to see others, but you see only yourself."

Here are ten rules that might govern a small child's view of the world:

1. If I like it, it's mine. 2. If it's in my hands, it's mine. 3. If I can take it from you, it's mine. 4. If I had it a week ago, it's mine. 5. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way. 6. If I'm doing or building something, all the pieces are mine. 7. If it looks like mine, it's mine. 8. If I think it's mine, it's mine. 9. If it's near me, it's mine. 10. If it's broccoli, it's yours.

These are appropriate rules for a toddler, but some people manage to carry them through to adulthood! Of course, we all need money and possessions to function well in our society. But an over-emphasis on material things is dangerous.

A person depending on worldly comforts can be likened to a greedy monkey:

A greedy monkey is trapped quite easily; all you need is a secured narrow neck jar or vase and some peanuts or fruit inside it. In its greediness, the monkey will grab as big a fistful as it can, quickly finding that it now can't remove its fist and the contents. Whatever the impending danger, that greedy little animal just refuses remove its hand without the contents!

What this system offers us is mere peanuts compared to Jehovah's promises. Let go of it!

Men have pursued joy in every avenue imaginable. Some have successfully found it while others have not. Perhaps it would be easier to describe where joy cannot be found:

Not in Unbelief -- Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote: "I wish I had never been born."

Not in Pleasure -- Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure if anyone did. He wrote: "The worm, the canker, and grief are mine alone."

Not in Money -- Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. When dying, he said: "I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth."

Not in Position and Fame -- Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. He wrote: "Youth is a mistake; manhood a struggle; old age a regret."

Not in Military Glory -- Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. Having done so, he wept in his tent, before he said, "There are no more worlds to conquer."

Where then is real joy found? -- the answer is simple, in our "happy God" alone.