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Hoping to take his money to heaven with him, a man puts it in a box in the attic.
Can't take it with you
Many people have the attitude that "it's my money and I'll do with it as I please." But that attitude goes so much against what the Bible has to say. After all, the 24th psalm tells us that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. In other words, everything ultimately belongs to God. So at most, God lends us the things of this world to use during our lifetime. For whether we want to admit it or not, we can't take it with us.
But some people certainly try. There is a story about a very wealthy man who desperately wanted to figure out a way to take his money with him when he died. And so the man came up with this plan. He gathered together all of his money and put it in a box up in the attic of his house. That way, he figured that when he died and started to rise up toward heaven, he could grab hold of the box and take it along.
Well, finally, one day that man died. But when his wife went up into the attic afterwards, she found that the box of money was still there. She said: "That fool. I told him that he should have put it in the basement."
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