Wednesday, October 29, 2008


An old beggar was on his deathbed. As a parting gift, he handed over a small packet wrapped in old clothes to his only son. He advised his son to handle it with the utmost care. Soon he passed away. After his father’s funeral, the son started to beg in the streets, as he knew of no other way to support him. He was careful to safely carry the packet given by his father along with him wherever he went. He did not care to open it or see what was within it. After a long time, his friends forcefully opened the bundle and examined it. They were surprised to find some very valuable jewels inside the packet. Unaware of its value, the young man was leading the miserable life of a beggar, carrying the packet with him.

God has given every person a generous gift of special talents, which we often hide and refuse to use. (Matthew 25: 14-30 and Luke 19: 11-27.) Let us learn to utilize our God-given talents to benefit every one around us.

By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India. This is Story No. 8 in this site. Please click ‘Older Post’ at the bottom of this page to read previous stories and click 'Newer Post' at the bottom of this page to read newer stories in this site. Please click on a word in the 'Story Themes' to read stories on that theme.

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