Don’t be greedy….


No one is safe by his own strength, but he is safe by the Grace and Mercy of God–Saint Cyprian

The Russian boy Ivan was heir to his father’s small farm. He wanted more land. Once, a stranger came by, apparently a man of means and power, and offered to give him all the land he could cover in one day, on condition that he would be back at the spot from which he started, by sundown.

Early the next morning the boy set out, without eating any breakfast or greeting anyone. His first plan was to cover six square miles. When he finished the first six, he decided to make it nine, then twelve, and finally fifteen. That meant he would have to walk 60 miles before sundown. By noon he had covered thirty miles. He did not stop for food or drink. His legs grew heavier and heavier, as he turned back to reach the finish line.

About 200 yards from the finish line, he saw the sun dropping toward the horizon. Only a few minutes left. He gathered all his energies for that one last effort. He staggered across the line, just in time, and fell down in a heap–dead. All the land he got was a piece six feet by two. He died of greed. 

This happens to thousands of people today.

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