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Distant Relatives

A certain old recluse, who had spent nearly his entire life searghing for gold, lived deep in the mountains of Colorado.  When he died, distant relatives came from the city to collect his valuables.  Upon arriving, all they saw was an old, crumbly, one-room shack with what appeared to be an outhouse beside it.  Inside the shack, next to the rough-shaped rock fireplace, was an old cooking pot and his mining equipment.  A cracked table with a three-legged chair stood guard by a tiny window, and a kerosene lamp served as the centerpiece for the table.  In a dark corner of  the little room was a dilapidated old cot with a threadbare bedroll on it.

They picked up some of the old relics that they thought might be worth some money and started to leave.  As they were driving away, an old friend of the recluse, on a mule, flagged them down.  He told them how sorry he was of the man’s death, but the relatives seemed to be in abut of a hurry to leave.  So, the man decided to let them go, but before he did, he asked, “Do you mind if I help myself to what’s left in my friend’s cabin?”  “Go right ahead,” they replied.  After all, they thought, what inside that shack that could be worth anything?

The old friend entered the shack and walked directly over to the table.  He reached under it and lifted up one the floor boards.  He then proceeded to take out all of the gold his friend had discovered over the past 53 years -  enough to build him a palace big enough for him and all his “relatives” to live comfortably.  The old recluse died with only his friend knowing his true worth.  As the friend looked out of the little window and watched the cloud of dust behind the relative’s car disappear, he said, “They shoulda got to know him better.” 

We have several opportunities through the week to fellowship with one another and to “get to know” one another a little better.  I’m not suggesting that you will become filthy rich by getting to know someone a little better.  However, I am suggesting that your life will be blessed by taking advantage of the many opportunities for fellowship.  After the church was established in Acts 2, the Bible tells us in verse 42, “...and they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Tim Woodward
Smithville church of Christ