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SOMEONE NEEDS YOU

A fable is told of a young orphan boy who had no family and no one to love him. Feeling sad and lonely, he was walking through a meadow one day when he saw a small butterfly caught in a thorn bush. The more the butterfly struggled to free itself, the deeper the thorns cut into its fragile body. The boy carefully released the butterfly, but instead of flying away, the butterfly transformed before his eyes into an angel.

The boy rubbed his eyes in disbelief as the angel said, For your wonderful kindness, I will do whatever you would like." The little boy thought for a moment and then said, "I want to be happy!" The angel whispered in his ear, and vanished.

As the little boy grew up, there was no one in the land as happy as he. When people would ask him to tell them the secret of his happiness, he would only smile and say, "I listened to an angel when I was a boy."

On his deathbed, his neighbors rallied around him and asked him one more time to divulge the secret of his happiness before he died. The old man finally told them: "The angel told me that everyone, no matter how secure they seemed, no matter how old or young, how rich or poor, had need of me.

You see, when God measures a man, He puts the tape around the heart instead of the head!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward