Who is Richer?

In his autobiography Just As I Am, Billy Graham told about a vacation he and his wife Ruth took a number of years ago on an island in the Caribbean.   

One of the wealthiest men in the world had asked them to come to his lavish home for lunch. He was 75 years old, and throughout the entire meal he seemed close to tears. 

"I am the most miserable man in the world," he said. "Out there is my yacht. I can go anywhere I want to. I have my private plane, my helicopters. I have everything I want to make my life happy, yet I am miserable."

Dr. and Mrs. Graham talked to him and prayed with him, trying to point him to Christ. Then they went down the hill to a small cottage where they were staying. 

That afternoon the pastor of the local Baptist church came to visit. He was an Englishman and he too was 75. He was a widower and he spent most of his time taking care of his two invalid sisters. He was full of enthusiasm and love for Christ and others.

"I don't have two pounds to my name," he said with a smile, "but I am the happiest man on this island."

Billy Graham relates how he asked his wife Ruth after they left, "Who do you think is the richer man?" She didn't have to reply because they both already knew the answer. 

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

Luke 12:15-21

Prayer Guide

As you pray …

Praise God for the gift of eternal life that Jesus provides.

Praise God for the abundant life that Jesus makes available.

Ask God to search your heart and reveal unconfessed sin in your life.

Praise God for His abundant forgiveness.