LETTING GO

Jenny was a bright-eyed, pretty five-year-old girl. One day, when she and her mother were checking out at the grocery store, Jenny saw a plastic pearl necklace priced at $2.50. How she wanted that necklace, and when she asked her mother if she would it for her, her mother said, "Well, it's a pretty necklace, but it costs an awful lot of money. I'll tell you what.  I'll buy the necklace, and when we get home, we can make up a list of chores that you can do to pay for the necklace. And don't forget that for your birthdaY, Grandma just might give you a whole dollar too. Okay?"  Jenny agreed and her mother bought the necklace for her. Jenny worked on her chores very hard every day, and sure enough, her Grandma gave her a brand-new dollar bill for her birthday. Soon Jenny had paid off the pearl necklace  How Jenny loved those pearls. She wore them everywhere, to Kindergarten, to bed, and when she went out with her mother to run errands. The only time she didn't wear them was in the shower - her mother had told her that they would make her neck green.  Now Jenny had a very loving daddy. When Jenny went to bed, he would get up from his favorite chair every night and read Jenny her favorite story. One night when he finished the story he said, "Jenny, do you love me?" "Oh, yes, Daddy, you know that I love you," the little girl said. "Well, then, give me your pearls."  "Oh, Daddy, not my pearls!" Jenny said, "but you can have Rosie, my favorite doll. Remember? You gave her to me last year for my birthday. And you can have her tea party outfit, too, okay?  "Oh no, darling, that's okay." Her father brushed her cheek with a kiss.  "Good night, little one."  A week later, her father once again asked Jenny after her story, "Do you love me?" "Oh, yes, Daddy, you know I love you." "Well, then, give me your pearls."  "Oh, Daddy, not my pearls! But you can have Ribbons, my toy horse. Do you remember her? She's my favorite. Her hair is soft, and you can play with it and braid it and everything. You can have Ribbons if you want her, Daddy," the little girl said to her father. "No, that's okay," her father said and brushed her cheek again with a kiss. "God bless you, little one.  Sweet dreams."  Several days later, when Jenny's father came in to read her a story, Jenny was sitting on her bed and her lips were trembling. "Here, Daddy," she said, and held out her hand. She opened it and her beloved pearl necklace was inside. She let it slip into her father's hand. With one hand her father held the plastic pearls, and with the other, he pulled out of his pocket a blue velvet box. Inside of the box were real, genuine, beautiful pearls. He had them all along. He was waiting for Jenny to give up the cheap stuff so he could gvie her the real thing.  And so it is with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures.  Isn't God good? Are you holding on to things which God wants you to let go of? Are you holding on to harmful or unnecessary habits and activities which you have become so attached to that it seems impossible to let go?  Sometimes it is so hard to see what is in the other hand. But do believe this one thing: God will never take away something without giving you something better in its place. You can do two things with this story:  a) You can pass it on and let others be touched by its message, or b) You can delete it and not let it touch your heart or another person's heart.  Remember that the greatest gifts happen when you share love and touch other's hearts...