Minnu was a sweet, lovable and beautiful girl, aged six years. She was an adorable kid as she always obeyed her elders. Minnu’s parents loved her for her amazing behavior.
One day, Minnu’s mother took her for grocery shopping. As they passed the shops, Minnu noted a cute plastic pearl necklace in dazzling pink! She asked her mother to buy her the necklace. Her mother told her that it cost quite a few pennies. She asked her to do some chores, so that for every completed piece of work Minnu would get some money and she could buy the pink necklace.
Minnu prepared a to-do list and assisted her mom with all the chores. Her mom was very happy, and she paid enough money to buy the pink necklace.
Minnu happily purchased the necklace and wore it just everywhere, every time, except while taking bath. Her mother said that her necklace would turn pale and the pearls would lose their sheen if she wore it while bathing. But all other times, Minnu wore it, even while sleeping.
Minnu’s father used to tell her bed time stories frequently. One night, after completing a story, her dad asked how much she loved him. Minnu replied, “You know how much I love you.”
Dad asked, “Then give me your pearl necklace please!”
Minnu replied, “Please daddy, I love you so much but please don’t ask for these pearls. I will give you the pink Barbie which you bought me a month ago.”
Dad replied, “Fine, sweetheart.”
After a few days, the conversation was repeated between Minnu and her dad. Again, Minnu refused to give her pearl necklace and instead asked her dad to take her pet. Dad kissed her and left with smile.
This was repeated several times.
One day, Minnu slept while her dad was reading her a story. She was holding the necklace in her hands. Her dad took the pearl necklace from her hand. The next moment, she woke up and asked, “Dad, what are you doing?”
Dad quickly opened a jewel box placed near her bed and handed her a real precious pink pearl necklace. He said, “Sweetheart, this is your real necklace. I wanted to take away the fake one all this while to give you this real one.”
She replied, ‘Thank you dad!’
Minnu immediately gave up her fake necklace for the real one.
God wants us to give up all the fake and cheap things we consider very precious in our life. It can be habits, hatreds, harming relationships, activities, negative thoughts, etc. He will provide us with genuine things if we give up the fake!
To reflect upon
What does this story teach you about human emotions?