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The Four Magic Words

There is an old legend about a servant whose master died and left him a bag full of blessings. The master left a message for the servant telling him that the bag would always remain full as long as he remembered four magic words. The servant went out and immediately began using the blessings which filled the bag. Soon the bag was almost empty The servant recalled the words of his master dial the bag would always be full as long as he remembered those four magic words. Unfortunately, the servant had forgotten the four magic words and was almost out of blessings. Finally, he went to a wise man and asked his advice on the matter The wise man suggested that possibly the four magic words were, "I WISH I HAD."

The servant tried using the words suggested by the wise man. He tried thinking of all the things he wanted. I wish I had this. I wish I had that. I wish I had something else. But the bag was not replenished. Now he became quite concerned He approached a person who happened to be passing him on the street He told him the story. He asked his advice on the matter. The stranger suggested, "Well, maybe the four magic words are, GIVE ME SOME MORE."

So the servant continued his journey and kept saying, "Give me some more." But the bag was now almost totally empty. In despair he sat down, lonely and dejected. He took a piece of bread from his pack and began to eat it.   A hungry child off the street,  alone and abandoned, approached him and asked him for some bread. It was obvious the child was in desperate need. So, without even thinking about it,  the servant gave the child some bread. Before the child ate, though, he folded his little hands and said, "I thank Thee, Lord."

All of a sudden the servant's eyes lit  up and he started dancing around in the street. He began chanting loudly: "That's  it! That's it! The four magic words! I THANK THEE, LORD!" Soon the bag was filled with blessings once again!

How often do we say, "I thank Thee, Lord?" Listen to Psalm 69:19: "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation." May we never forget THE FOUR MAGIC WORDS!

For His Cause
Tim Woodward