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    Don’t Miss God’s Blessings

    It’s one of those weeks.

    My deadline for this week’s column is rapidly approaching, and I still have nothing on my computer screen.

    Immediately, I search one of my “tickler” files and find the following life story:

    A young man was getting ready to graduate 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 awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He 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. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, “ With all your money you give me a Bible?” And stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.

    Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of business. When he arrived at this father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.

    He began to search his father’s important papers and saw the new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible.

    It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words . . . Paid In Full.

    This week’s bottom line: How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?

    Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is when a relationship dies between two people while they are still alive.

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