A fool and his money

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By Louis Abel

 "Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth.....but.....in heaven."  

Matthew 6:19,20


 As little Jimmy's uncle was about to leave after a visit, he placed a crisp new dollar bill in his nephew's hand, saying, "Be careful what you do with this.  You know the old proverb, 'A fool and his money are soon parted.' "  To this the boy replied, "I'll remember what you said, Uncle Bill.  But thanks anyway for parting with it!"  This young man may have completely mis-interpreted his uncle's generosity, but we would do well to let his experience remind us that there's a world of difference between a fool who thoughtlessly parts with his money for the fleeting, selfish pleasures of this life, and the wise man who invests it in Heaven.  Jesus told the rich young ruler, "Sell all that you have, and distribute it unto the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven."  Such giving is not the "parting" of a fool, but the "investing" of a wise man. 

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