Hidden Rewards

by | Jun 9, 1998 | Blessing, Giving

Once when there was a famine, a kind, rich baker sent for twenty of the poorest children in the town and said to them, “In this basket there is a loaf for each of you. Take it and come back to me everyday at this hour till God sends us better times.”

The hungry children gathered eagerly about the basket and most quarrelled over the bread, because each wished to have the largest loaf. At last they went away without even thanking the Good Samaritan. But Gretchen, a poorly dressed little girl, did not quarrel or struggle with the rest, but remained standing quietly to the side. When the ill-behaved children had left, she took the smallest loaf, which alone was left in the basket, kissed the gentleman’s hand and went home.

The next day the children were as ill-behaved as before and poor, timid Gretchen received a loaf scarcely half the size of the one she got the first day. When she went home and her mother cut the loaf open, many new shining pieces of silver fell out of it. Her mother was very much alarmed and said, “Take the money back to the good gentleman at once, for it must have gotten into the dough by accident. Be quick, Gretchen, be quick.” But when the little girl gave the rich man her mother’s message he said, “No, no, my child, it was no mistake, I had the silver pieces put into the smallest loaf to reward you. Always be as contented, kind and thankful as you are now. Go home now, and tell your mother that the money is your own.”

If we give to others, yield to them to make them happy, or put their wishes above our own, we can sometimes feel like we’re losing out. But we’re not really, God sees such unselfishness, and He will reward it.

You never lose by giving.

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Hidden Rewards