Monday, October 11, 2010

The Rich Family In Church

What defines a rich person or a poor person?

Is it what's in your bank account, or what's in your heart?

Back in 1946 a young girl named Eddy learned the true answer to that question. She came from a monetarily poor family, as her father had passed away and left her mother with three young girls to raise with no money.

One day the church announced that they would be collecting money for a poor family. Eddy and her family thought of ways to try and save up just a little bit of money, anything they could do. They ate potatoes for a month, made potholders to sell, tried to reduce their electricity... and in the end they saved up $70 to donate to the poor family.

The only thing was, of course, that they themselves were the poor family. After the collection at church, the pastor came to their house and delivered them the envelope containing their $70, and another $17 from the rest of the congregation. Eddy and her family were shocked. They had never thought of themselves as poor!

In the end her family ended up donating the money to a missionary who was building churches in Africa. When the missionary saw the money they put in, he exclaimed that they must really have some rich people in the church! It was then that her family realized the true nature of wealth, that richness comes from within, not from your bank account.

Read the whole story over at Mikey's Funnies:
The Rich Family In Church by Eddie Ogan
and The Real Eddie Ogan

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Emperor and the Seed

Sometimes sappy stories are ages old.

There is an ancient Chinese tale about a group of young boys who are among the chosen few who may be emperor.

They are all brought before the current emperor and given a seed, and are told to plant the seed in a pot and grow it.

One boy goes home, plants his seed in fresh clean dirt and waters it every day. After a week, there is no progress. Two weeks, no progress. After a month there is still no progress and the boy thinks to himself that surely he has failed because all of the other boys have excellent growing plants to show the emperor.

When the boy arrives, the emperor announces that he is to be the chosen one!

But the boy is confused, how can this be? All the other boys have grown plants?

The emperor then reveals the truth... all of the young boys were given boiled seeds that could not grow.

Every boy who brought a plant to the emperor replaced their boiled seed with another, to try and fool the emperor.

Honesty and integrity are incredibly important traits for all children, not just emperors, so why not share this story with your little boys and girls!

Read the full story at Unveiling: The Emperor and the Seed