1959) What is Rich? What is Poor?

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This profound little story has been making the rounds on the internet ever since a guy named Dan Asmussen posted it on Facebook last month:

     One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor.  They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

     After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip.  “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. 

     “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. 

     “Oh yeah,” said the son.

     “So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. 

     The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four.  We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.  We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.  Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

     “We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.  We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

     “We buy our food, but they grow theirs.  We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”

     The boy’s father was speechless.  Then his son added, “It showed me just how poor we really are.”

     Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have.  What is one person’s worthless object is another’s prize possession.  It is all based on one’s perspective.

     Sometimes it takes the perspective of a child to remind us what’s important.


Money can buy a house, but not a home.
Money can buy a bed, but not sleep.
Money can buy a wedding ring, but not love.
Money can buy a clock, but not time.
Money can buy an education, but not wisdom.
Money can buy jewelry, but not beauty.
Money can buy insurance, but not safety.
Money can buy a crucifix, but not a Savior.

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Philippians 4:11b-12  —  I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Proverbs 22:2  —  Rich and poor have this in common:  The Lord is the Maker of them all.

Proverbs 28:11  —  The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

Revelation 3:17  —  You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.



Two things I ask of you, Lord;
    do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
    give me neither poverty nor riches,
    but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
    and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
    and so dishonor the name of my God.