A rich landowner named Carl often rode around his vast estate so he could congratulate himself on his great wealth. One day while riding around his estate on his favorite horse, he saw Hans an old tenant farmer, who was sitting under a tree when Carl rode by. Hans said, "I was just thanking God for my food". Carl protested, "If that is all I had to eat, I wouldn’t feel like giving thanks". Hans replied, "God has given me everything I need, and I am thankful for it."
Then the old farmer added, "Its strange that you should come by today, for I had a dream last night. In my dream I voice said, "The richest man in the valley will die tonight". I don’t what it means but I thought I ought to tell you."
Carl could not forget Hans’s words, "The richest man in the valley will die tonight". He was obviously the richest man in the valley. So he invited his doctor to his house that evening. Carl told the doctor what Hans said. After a thorough examination, the doctor told him, "Carl you are as strong and healthy as your horse. There is no way you are going to die tonight". Nevertheless for assurance the doctor stayed with Carl and they played cards all night. At about nine o’clock the next morning, a messenger arrived at Carl’s door. "What is it" Carl demanded. The messenger explained, "Its about old Hans. He died last night in his sleep."
It is in the recreation room of a Californian retirement facility. Four ladies are playing bridge and chatting and keeping an eye on the flow of people in and out of the area. Soon an elderly gentleman wanders into the room. They all recognize him for a newcomer and they all perk up. One of the ladies says, “Hello there. You’re new here, aren’t you?” He smiles and replies that he is, indeed. He had just moved in that morning. Another one of the ladies says, “Where did you live before you moved in?” He says, “I was just released from San Quentin, where I spent the last twenty years.” A third lady perks up at this and say, “Oh, is that so? What were you in for?” He says, “I murdered my wife.” The fourth lady sits up in her chair, smiles and say, “Oh, then you’re single?”
Verse 3-Why Stay Here
Sometimes you are in a situation when you ask yourself that question!
It maybe a job that you are in.
It maybe your financial situation.
It maybe a relationship that you are in.
Verse 5-They Got Up And Went
When you are in a situation that is really bad and it is weighing on you, physically, emotionally, then maybe it is time to make a change.
A person can do that maybe by furthering their education to get a better job.
To change a financial situation they might need to be on a budget and stick to it.
In relationship they might need professional help, to better their relationship.
Verse 9-We’re Not Doing Right
James 4:17-Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
We Are Blessed, So We Can Bless Others!
If we have a talent, we need to use it!
If we have extra finances, we need to share it!