Live the godly way
The other day someone emailed to say that he was very disappointed that people looked for God outside instead of looking within themselves. And, all those who wanted to believe in God, must believe that He is within everybody and everywhere.
With that he also mailed a lovely story written by Leo Tolstoy. A cobbler wanted to see God and thus he prayed that he be given a chance. God promised that he would appear on a certain day. An excited cobbler kept the day free of all engagements and waited for God to appear.
An old man came to him to get his shoes repaired. But the cobbler said he had no time as he was awaiting God’s appearance. Soon after, a child too came and then an old woman for getting their shoes mended. The cobbler turned them too back and told them to come some other day. And then he kept waiting for God the whole day and was disappointed when He did not show up.
That very night God came in the cobbler’s dream. The cobbler complained that He had not kept his promise and he was disappointed. God then revealed to the cobbler that he had indeed come, not once but several times but he had sent Him back!
The moral: If you want to believe in God, you must believe that He is represented by all the living creatures. And, to serve Him, you must serve your fellow beings. You may be wealthy but not happy. That is because, as Mother Teresa said, “If you have no peace, it is because you have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Even if you are happy, as Virginia Woolf says, your pleasure has no relish until you share.
So, share you must. Only by sharing what you have, you can see God in every being all around. You will also come to realise that the joy of sharing is the greatest joy as it gives the ultimate satisfaction. The wealth you have is of great value so long as it serves others’ needs; otherwise it is a burden that sits heavy on life.