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WASTING LIFE!

There was just something different about Morris Siegel.

On the surface he seemed like your average Los Angeles street person - roaming around in dark alleys, sleeping out-of-doors, carrying everything he owned in an old shopping cart. He lived very much like you would imagine a street person would live. Just existing from day to day with no real motivation for living. And he died the way one expects a street person to die - found in an alley, dead of natural causes, heart trouble perhaps. But there was something about him that was different.  Maybe it was his three bank accounts containing a total of  $207,421.00!

When Morris' father died 10 years previous to his own death, Morris inherited his father's money. However, when Morris did not claim it, the Division of Unclaimed Property tracked him down, and his family forced him to accept it. He did not show up for the ceremony when the cash was handed over. Instead it was deposited into an account set up for him. He took enough of the money to buy an old car, where he slept in bad weather. Relatives rented him an apartment; he never went there. He died December, 14, 1989, with three dollars in his pocket and an untouched fortune in the bank.

Sound crazy? Well, figure this one out.

A couple thousand years ago, our Heavenly Father ratified His will, and left all of His children eternal wealth - life, peace, victory. To this day, many have never claimed this windfall and some have refused to spend any of it. Lost people shuffle down blind alleys of an empty existence, facing hell for eternity, and ignore the salvation promised in Christ. Many Christians, who have heaven for their final destination, content themselves with a grubby, isolated, unproductive life on this earth.

Old Morris lived a wasted life and died a futile death, but I can't be too quick to point the finger at him. He was only dealing with the temporary, and many of us play the same losing game with the eternal.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward