Is Packaging Important

Is Packaging Important?

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man waited with excitement that his father had bought the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his study and told him how proud he was to have such a fine son. He told him how much he loved him then handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.

Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?"  Then he stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible on his father’s desk.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and a wonderful family, but realising his father was very old, he thought that after all these years it was time to make things up and go to see him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.

Before he could make the arrangements, the telephone rang telling him his father had passed away and had bequeathed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.

As he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the Bible, the gift his father had given him, still in its box, just as he had left it years ago.

With tears in his eyes, he opened the book and began to turn the pages.

As he was reading, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired so long ago. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words... "PAID IN FULL".

How many times do we miss blessings because they are not packaged as we expect?

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.

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