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The Richest Man


A rich landowner named Carl often rode around his vast estate so he could
congratulate himself on his great wealth. One day, while riding around his
estate on his favorite horse, he saw Hans, an old tenant farmer. Hans was
sitting under a tree when Carl rode by. Hans said, "I was just thanking God
for my food." Carl protested, "If that is all I had to eat I wouldn't feel
like giving thanks." Hans replied, "God has given me everything I need, and
I am thankful for it."

The old farmer added, "It is strange you should come by today because I had
a dream last night. In my dream a voice told me, 'The richest man in the
valley will die tonight.' I don't know what it means, but I thought I ought
to tell you." Carl snorted, "Dreams are nonsense," and galloped away, but
he could not forget Hans' words: "The richest man in the valley will die

He was obviously the richest man in the valley, so he invited his doctor to
his house that evening. Carl told the doctor what Hans had said. After a
thorough examination, the doctor told the wealthy landowner, "Carl, you are
as strong and healthy as a horse. There is no way you are going to die

Nevertheless, for assurance, the doctor stayed with Carl, and they played
cards through the night. The doctor left the next morning and Carl
apologized for becoming so upset over the old man's dream.

At about nine o'clock, a messenger arrived at Carl's door. "What is it?"
Carl demanded. The messenger explained, "It's about old Hans. He died last
night in his sleep."

Like Hans, believers are the richest people on earth. Paul understood that
when he wrote, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ." (Eph. 1:3)

Be sure to give God thanks for the wealth He has given us- for 
you are the richest person in the valley.


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