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  • There once was a man whose life long dream

  • was to board a cruise ship

  • and sail the Mediterranean Sea.

  • He saved every penny until he had enough for his passage.

  • He dreamed of walking the streets of Rome,

  • Athens, and Istanbul.

  • Since money was tight

  • he brought an extra suitcase filled with cans of beans, boxes of crackers,

  • and bags of powdered lemonade, and that is what he lived on every day.

  • He would have loved to take part in the many activities offered on the ship;

  • he envied those who went to movies, shows,

  • and cultural presentations,

  • and oh, how he yearned for only a taste of the amazing

  • food he saw on the ship.

  • But the man wanted to spend

  • so very little money

  • that he didn't participate in any of these.

  • He was able to see the cities he had longed to visit, but

  • for the most part of the journey,

  • he stayed in his cabin and ate only

  • his humble food.

  • On the last day of the cruise, a crew member asked him

  • which of the farewell parties he would be attending.

  • It was then

  • that the man learned,

  • that not only the farewell party,

  • but almost everything on board the cruise ship, the food and entertainment,

  • all the activities, had been included

  • in the price of the ticket.

  • Too late, the man realized

  • that he had been living far

  • beneath his privileges.

  • We live beneath our privileges when we fail to partake

  • of the feast of happiness, peace, and joy that God grants so bountifully.

  • We can be satisfied with a diminished experience and settle for experiences

  • far below our privileges,

  • or we can partake

  • of an abundant feast

  • of spiritual opportunity and universal blessings.

  • As you read the scriptures and listen to the words of the prophets

  • with all your heart and mind

  • the Lord will tell you how to live up to your privileges

  • and we will be able

  • to do all things

  • through Christ who strengthens us.

There once was a man whose life long dream

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Your Potential, Your Privileges

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    Zenn posted on 2013/06/01
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