Today I want to share with you a beautiful story…I have read this a long time ago and I read it again in Bo’s article in Kerygma magazine. Here it goes…
One day, a little girl named Jenny was with her mother in the grocery store. She saw a toy pearl bracelet worth P20. She became giddy with excitement and asked her mother to buy it for her. “Are you sure you like it?” her mother asked.
“Yes, Mommy! Please, please, please buy it for me!”
So the mother bought the toy pearl bracelet for little Jenny.
Jenny’s father, who loved her very much, read a bedtime story to Jenny each night. One night, after reading to her, he asked her, “Jenny, do you love me?”
“Of course, I love you Daddy,” she said.
“Can you give me your pearl bracelet?” he asked.
Little Jenny pouted. “You can have my princess doll, Daddy, but not my pearl bracelet. That’s my favorite. ”
Daddy smiled, “That’s OK Jenny, I love you.” He kissed her good night.
Seven days later, after another reading session, the father asked her again, “Jenny, do you love me?”
“Daddy, you know that I love you, ” the little girl said.
“Can you give me your pearl bracelet?” he smiled.
“No Daddy, please. You can have my brush, my violet pen and my red hair band. But not my pearl bracelet!”
He chuckled. “That’s OK, hon. I love you, ” and kissed her goodnight.
But a few days later, a teary-eyed Jenny came to her father and said, “Daddy, I love you very much,” and placed in his hand her toy pearl bracelet.
Her father gave her a big hug and said, “I have a very special gift for you, little girl.”
He pulled out from his pocket a beautiful velvet case with gold lining. He opened it, showing to her a genuine pearl bracelet. “This is yours. No more toy pearl bracelet for you, my princess. You deserve the real one. ”
Friends, this is the kind of wise exchange that God wants to give to us. God wants to take what is cheap and fake in our lives, our addictions, so that He could give us something much, much better, our holy ambitions. Give up your addiction. Give up what is counterfeit. Give up what destroys you. Give up what pulls you away from God and life and happiness. Like Jenny, you deserve BETTER – Bo Sanchez
I love this story because I can relate to it so much. Many times in my life, God wanted me to give up something (or someone) that was not right for me and would not make me happy in the long run. But I am too stubborn and I kept on holding on to my addictions. Many times during prayer, when I was in pain, I could almost her God saying, “Please give it up My, because I have something better for you. I don’t want to see you in pain. I want you to be happy.” And I would reluctantly give Him what He’s asking from me but after a few days, I would come back to Him, begging Him to give it back to me.
I am grateful that I have a loving God who doesn’t give up on me and who wants to give me nothing but the BEST… =)