The Gift

A long time ago in a land far from our present there lived a King. The King lived in a grand castle that overlooked all the land and all the people. The King adored his own life, and took measures to ensure the status quo, convincing all his people who he and he alone had built his grand castle. He excluded and eliminated all his enemies. He lacked vision of the whole community and catered to his own self-interests.

Many years prior to the King taking his seat in the grand castle, his father, who preceded the King, had built the castle. Many people liked the father, he encouraged hard work for all, he encouraged all to strive and gain as much wealth as he had. He understood that it was now his duty to be a healthy model and mentor of his kingdom. He promoted the general welfare of all, and convinced them all to pursue their own happiness with God’s graces being their guide. In return, if they all “chipped in”, he would co-ordinate the construction of roads, so that they all could move around more easily. He agreed to protect them from marauders wanting to conquer and take what they had worked so hard to gain. He understood his own limitations and always sought input. He represented balance and unity, all the time reminding the people that God was the true savior and the one to whom should receive all the thanks. His reign was his being.

The land flourished as all found their way to contribute their talents and time to the general good.  Some men who enjoyed physical activity, who possessed muscles upon muscles joined the army of protectors of the land. Others whom had talents in growing crops provided foods for the land, yet others became inventors, using their brains to develop instruments that made life easier for all. Some preferred not to work at all and found themselves begging on the streets.

Others knew that what they had obtained was the through the blessings of God, and for all their hard work; so they helped the beggars on the streets to become productive members of the community. Those beggars came to realize that hard work gave them something more than things. It gave them fulfillment in their lives; and once there, they in turn helped others, thereby giving themselves more fulfillment. It was a positive spiral upwards. The king was happy to see he had such a great land; he too was fulfilled with how he was able to help build such a great land, always thanking God for all.

Years passed and the land grew, many from other lands moved to the land. They came with nothing as the other lands had stripped it all away. They came with the hope that they could control their own destiny if they worked hard, identified their strengths and shared them with the community. They knew they would be rewarded; and they never, not for one minute, forgot to give thanks to God.

Unexpectedly and without notice the father died, leaving all this great land to his son, who was younger than most, and had not experienced enough life to be thrust into such a high position. The father King had just started the grooming process to ready his son for transition, but his early death miss-carried the process. The new King was scared to lose what his father had built. He didn’t know he had the backing of most He didn’t know his father’s ideology, maintain the general welfare, encourage all to pursue their own happiness through contribution to the land by sharing their individual talents, and remind all to give thanks to God for God’s graces and blessings in providing the freedom they had, the liberties they possessed to be their own person as part of this land, always under God’s infinite graces.

So the new King’s own personal beliefs motivated him to divert off the path that his father before him, and his father before him, and his father before him, and generations before had set. Fulfillment of living in the land faded.  Hoping to gain friends from the surrounding lands, the king apologized for the great land his father before him had built. The land incurred great debts as the new King sought control of all aspects of the lives of his people. This tyrannical need handcuffed the community. Businesses became less productive, wages and jobs were lost, and when the King tried to control their belief in God, they revolted. The land became undesirable as many who had accumulated wealth fled. Others came for the free stuff the King pillaged from the vast treasury his father before him had created by generous donations of numerous people, while at the same time maintaining more than enough for him. God was no longer in the forefront of the land, as the King made moves to control the worshiping few who remained. The land was weak, and the other lands knew it. The people of the land knew it. But the new King plugged on thinking that he alone had the answers.

The chaos ensued. But the new King became more and more determined that his way was the only way.