A wealthy merchant died and left his estate to a church he had attended as a young man. His will directed that this church give to his only son that which they wished. The church’s leadership interpreted the will to mean that the son would receive whatever they decided to give him.
The estate was valued at $300,000. The church decided that $30,000 was a generous sum for the son, and thus notified the attorney to release the funds to him.
The attorney told the church they had misread the will. Its meaning was that whatever they wished for, the son would receive.
They had wished for $270,000 and, according to the will that is what the son would receive. Their portion would be the remaining $30,000.
Isn’t it ironic how many of the attitudes in life boomerang back on us?
We so easily forget what Jesus said in Luke 6:38, “Give and it will be given back to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you.”
It pays to be more loving and forgiving to others for the same will be given back in great measure. This is one of God’s true lessons of life.