They always remembered their humble beginnings and were grateful to God for their success. Especially the husband remembered he used to be penniless and then slowly made his way up in the world.
All of a sudden there was a knock on the door. The wife opened the door and came back shocked. She told her husband there was a beggar at the door. The husband told her to invite the man in and eat with them.
He couldn’t understand her shocked reaction, for they always made sure to give back to charity. This time, his wife seemed very upset. Was it the man’s desperate words? Was it because of the reminder that they used to be poor? Was it too painful to see the others hurt so much?
The poor man ate with them and couldn’t stop thanking them for their kindness, hospitality and generosity.
After he left the wife was just about to break down. Once she regained her composure, she told her husband she was remembering the way her life was before.
“As you know, before we were married, I was married to another man who was very rich. We used to have great meals together like we are now. We had everything but he wasn’t generous at all, and did not like donating to charity. Not only that, he forbade me to give food to beggars who knocked on our doors. Everybody knew there was no way to get anything out of us. As much as I talked to him it didn’t help.
This the last straw: a poor man came to our doorstep and begged,
“I am hungry. I haven’t eaten for days and I am exhausted. Please help me”
This didn’t move my husband at all and he screamed at the man to go away while mumbling that these annoying beggars keep bugging him and won’t let him have his lunch in peace.
This was too much for me and I just burst into tears. From that moment on, our wealth dissipated. My husband began losing money in his business and everything crumbled down. He suggested we go our separate ways and so we got divorced. ”
“Have you heard of him since?” asked the husband
“I haven’t seen him” Said the wife “But I heard he became a beggar himself.
I don’t know how he didn’t recognize me – maybe because it’s been 20 years…
The poor beggar dining at our table just now – that was my first husband!”
All of a sudden her husband burst into tears and said
“I remember the poor man that was kicked out of your house that day.
I was that man!”
And so the wheel keeps turning, at times we’re up and at times we’re down. Our actions, even at hard times will determine our fortunes.
With that in mind,
Have a wonderfully successful, happy and healthy 2017!!!