Poor, but Rich
At the point of death, a man, Tom Smith, called his children and advised them to follow in his footsteps so that they could have peace of mind in all that they do.
But his daughter, Sara, said, “Daddy, it’s unfortunate you are dying without a penny in your bank account. Other fathers that you tag as corrupt and thieves of public funds left houses and properties for their children. Even this house we live in is a rented apartment. Sorry, I can’t emulate you. Just go, let’s chart our own course.”
A few moments later, their father gave up the ghost.
Three years later, Sara went for an interview in a multinational company. At the interview, the Chairman of the committee asked, “Which Smith are you?”
Sara replied, “I am Sara Smith. My Dad, Tom Smith, is now late.”
The Chairman cut in, “O my God! You are Tom Smith’s daughter?!”
He turned to the other members and said, “This Smith man was the one that signed my membership form into the Institute of Administrators, and his recommendation earned me where I am today. He did all these free. I didn’t even know his address, he never knew me. He just did it for me.”
He turned to Sara, “I have no questions for you. Consider yourself as having gotten this job, come tomorrow, your letter will be waiting for you.”
Sara Smith became the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company with two official cars plus drivers, a duplex attached and a salary of £1,000,000 per month excluding allowances and other costs.
After two years of working in the company, the MD of the company came from America announcing his intention to resign and the need for a replacement. A personality with high integrity was sought after, again the company’s Consultant nominated Sara Smith.
During the interview, she was asked the secret of her success. With tears, she replied, “My Daddy paved these ways for me. It was after he died that I knew that he was financially poor but very rich in integrity, discipline and honesty.”
She was asked why she was weeping since she was no longer a kid as to miss her dad after a long time.
She replied, “At the point of death, I insulted my dad for being an honest man of integrity. I hope he will forgive me in his grave now. I didn’t work for all these; he did it for me to just walk in.”
Finally, she was asked, “Will you follow your father’s footsteps as he requested?”
Her simple answer was, “l now adore the man. I have a big picture of him in my living room and at the entrance of my house. He deserves whatever I have after God.”
Are you like Tom Smith? It pays to build a good name. The reward doesn’t come quickly, but it will come, however long it may take, and it lasts longer.
Integrity, discipline, self-control and fear of God make true wealth, not a fat bank account. Leave a good heritage for your children.
– Author Unknown
Meditation: A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. – Proverbs 13:22
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. – Proverbs 22:1
You will succeed because Jesus loves You!
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