The Richest Little Girl in Town

A minister friend of mine tells about a trip to the bank he made with his daughter when she was just barely able to see over the counter. There on the counter was a stack of dollar bills. “Wow!” she sighed, “I’ve never seen so much money before.”

“Do you know how much there is?” asked the teller.
“More than two dollars,” she responded.

The teller laughed, “A lot more than two dollars. There is $1,000 there! Here hold out your hands.”

He leaned over the counter and placed the stack of money in her outstretched hands. Her father said that her eyes got as big as saucers as she stared at all that money.

“Gee- I’m the richest little girl in all the town!” she said.

CONSIDER the feeling of being the richest person in town, especially if your wealth came so suddenly. One moment you’re standing there empty handed, the next the recipient of $1,000! I’m certain when this little girl grew up she, along with the rest of us, discovered that being the richest person in town is not always determined by a stack of dollar bills. Riches come in all sizes and shapes, and the best riches do not even resemble dollar bills, such as a faithful friend, a fond memory, a beautiful day, good health, the hug of a child, a home to live in, a job, an education, a wonderful family and how much God loves us.

“Well, Honey,” said the teller. “You better give me back that money so I can lock it up in the safe.” Some riches have to be given back. Others are ours forever.

“I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” (Psalm 119:14-16)

Rev. Wendell Mettey
Revised March 12, 2013

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