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Four Magic Words

There is an old legend about a servant whose master dies and left him a bag full of blessings. The master left a message for the servant telling him that the bag would always be 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 instructions of the master that 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 ise 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 he 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 !sassing 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 sag was now almost completely empty. In despair he sat down, lonely and dejected. He ook 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 of the bread. It was obvious the child was in desperate need. So, without even thinking about it, the servant gave the child his bread. Before the child ate he folded his little hands and said a short blessing: "I thank you, Lord." 

All of a sudden the servant's eyes lit up and he started dancing around in the street.  He began singing loudly `That's it! That's it! The four magic words: "I THANK YOU LORD!'"  Soon the bag was filled with blessings once again.   I wonder how often we say, I thank you, Lord?" Listen to Psalm 68:19, "Blessed be e Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation." May you and I never forget `THE FOUR MAGIC WORDS."

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward