How Much Do You Need? // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

man walkingHow much “having” does a person need?

“How much money would it take to make you happy?” Someone reputedly asked business tycoon,

John D. Rockefeller, how much money it would take to make him happy.”

The business magnate replied, “Just a little bit more!”

But then, again. . . maybe not.

Contentment, after all, isn’t having what you want. It’s wanting what you have.

Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian author, told of Parkham, a poor peasant who dreamed of having a

“break” in life. Much to his good fortune, he heard about a tremendous opportunity in a distant place.

The government said that he could have all of the land he could encircle by foot in a day.

Excited about this wonderful possibility, Parkham sold all of his possessions and journeyed to the

place where he could pursue his dream of becoming a landowner.

At the first crack of dawn, Parkham took off to claim his land! He ran at top speed all day long.

Nothing was going to deter him! He wanted to cover as much territory as possible before the sun

went down. Without stopping for food, water, or rest, he continued his relentless pace through the

heat of the day.

Just as the sun began to set, Parkham completed the circle! He was the proud owner of a huge

estate! His lifelong dream had been fulfilled. Oh, the sweetness of victory!

Then, the exhausted Parkham suddenly dropped dead. All he needed now was about six feet of


“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:25)

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