Don't be late to find a key !

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.

Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" And stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go visit him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.

Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. When he arrived at his father's house, sadness and regret filled his heart.

He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined verse, as he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…PAID IN FULL.

Many times during our lifetime we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected them to be. Let us realize the blessings when we have time to express. Don’t be late to realize and express.

Gratitude is the foremost quality to be developed as a human being. If I am not grateful for what I have been gifted then how can I be called ‘A Human’. I could have more than I have but what if I could have less than I have. So let us thank to our Parents and God for this life now.  

कारुण्यं  पुण्यानां कृतज्ञता पुरुष  चिह्नानां  |
मायामोहमतीनां कृतघ्नता  नरकपातहेतूनां ||- महासुभाषितसंग्रह(९७०७)

भावार्थ - प्राणीमात्र के प्रति दया और कृतज्ञता की भावना का होना यह सज्जन व्यक्तियों की निशानी है | इसके विपरीत  माया और मोह में लिप्त रहना और कृतघ्नता निश्चय ही लोगों के नरक में जाने का कारण होता है |
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