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The Gift of a Sacrifice

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     A businessman and a lawyer were vacationing in Korea and took a tour through the countryside with a missionary as their guide.  In a field by the road they saw something that caught their attention.  They saw a boy pulling a plow while an old man held the handles and directed it through the rice paddy.

     The lawyer took a picture of the scene and said, “That’s remarkable!  I suppose they are poor.”  The missionary said, Yes they are.  That is the family of Chi Noui.  When the church was built they were eager to give something to it, but they had no money…so they sold the only ox they had and gave the money to the church.  This spring they are pulling the plow themselves.

     The lawyer and the businessman were silent for several seconds.  Then the businessman said he thought that was a real sacrifice.

     The missionary replied, “They didn’t call it that…they thought it was fortunate that they had an ox to sell.”

     It’s rarely you hear of true sacrifices these days.  We are so wrapped up in making our lives comfortable that it seems this story is hundreds of years old…but it isn’t.  I am humbled that those who have little see the things of real value a lot clearer than those of us who have plenty.        THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN TOUCHES FAR MORE THAN WE COULD ALONE.  INVESTING IN HEAVEN’S MISSION HAS ETERNAL VALUE!!

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